The numbers are staggering: one in every two adults age 30 and over suffer from periodontal disease. Often referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease not only leads to gum recession, bone damage, and loss of teeth, but also increases the risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even some forms of cancer. The number of Americans suffering from gum disease has now reached 65 million, more than the number of Americans with diabetes.
“Many people don’t know that periodontal disease is so common and often overlooked,” said Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, clinical professor and director of clinical research at New York University’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. Despite its prevalence, gum disease is rarely discussed, so patients often don’t know the risk it carries.
With more Americans suffering from periodontal disease than diabetes, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is calling for Americans to Love the Gums You’re With and take better care of their gums.
Periodontal disease does not normally cause pain until it has reached the stage where tooth support is threatened, and the damage has been done. To raise awareness and help consumers better understand periodontal disease, the AAP is teaming up with Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s “The Bachelor”, to launch the Love the Gums You’re With educational effort.
To help prevent gum disease, the AAP recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental visits, including an annual periodontal evaluation. Depending upon the health of your gums, you may be referred to a periodontist for further evaluation and treatment. To learn more, read the full article here. You can also visit the Love The Gums You’re With campaign page to access a brief quiz to evaluate your risk of periodontal disease.