Published: Feb 01, 2017 | By: Richard Caven
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 47 percent of the American population has some level of periodontitis, an advanced gum disease. That’s nearly half of all Americans. What’s more is that the study shows that the older one gets, the more likely they are to experience the oral disease in mild, moderate or severe form. For instance, it’s evident in about half of all those ages 30 and up and then prevalent in about 70 percent of individuals 65 years and older.
The good news is that this is all treatable and reversible – but only if you catch it and correct it early enough. On that note, you should always be on the lookout for signs of gingivitis, which is the first – and least serious – form of gum disease. It’s often characterized by swollen gums, bleeding gums, foul breath and sensitive teeth.
While gingivitis can be reversed through treatment, it’s best to get into an oral care routine that works to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here’s how:
Gingivitis isn’t ideal, but it’s not something that anyone should welcome. That’s why it’s important for individuals to take preventative action against the mild form of gum disease. In effectively doing so, you’ll never have to worry about reversing it and adding to the alarming number of Americans with periodontal disease. Schedule your next dental check-up with Dr. Caven today.
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