Gum Disease

Gum disease is also known as periodontitis, periodontal disease, or pyorrhoea. Periodontal literally means "around the tooth”. It is a serious infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. These tissues include the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Generally gum disease takes a long time to develop (it is a chronic disease) and can be characterized by short periods of rapid tissue breakdown, followed by long periods of dormancy.

Like all chronic diseases, gum disease does not go away. It will not get better by itself. As the condition worsens, it is harder to treat successfully. That is why once we notice gum problems, it is best to initiate treatment as soon as possible.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting more than ¾ of all people, regardless of race, nationality, or socio-economic levels. One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study titled “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010” estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research. There is no reason to believe that the situation is any different in the UK.

In fact, gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss after the age of 35. Over ½ of adults over the age of 35 are already in the early stages of gum disease.


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