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Prevalence of Gum Disease

Prevalence of Gum DiseaseGum disease, which has been linked to numerous serious health conditions, is extremely common among American adults. In fact, nearly half of those over the age of 30 have at least some degree of periodontal disease, according to the CDC. When only adults over the age of 65 are considered, that rate rises to more than 70 percent. Men, smokers and those in lower socioeconomic groups are also more likely to experience higher rates of gum disease. Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, recommends taking a proactive approach to gum disease.

 

Oral bacteria causes gum disease. It lurks in plaque, a colorless film that adheres to teeth particularly along the gumline, on chewing surfaces and between teeth. Plaque must be removed in order to reduce the number of oral bacteria. Brushing twice daily and flossing daily is essential to good dental health. When plaque is allowed to remain on teeth, bacteria have an opportunity to reproduce. As they proliferate, they can force the gums to pull away from the teeth, weakening the attachment and causing the teeth to become loose in their sockets. Although the initial stages of gum disease, which include symptoms such as redness, inflammation and bleeding, are highly treatable and reversible, once gums begin to recede and teeth loosen, damage may be permanent. Diagnosis and treatment is critical at this point if further tooth, bone and tissue loss is to be avoided.

 

If you have any symptoms of gum disease, Dr. Mirani, expert in periodontics in Beverly Hills, can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation, treatment plan and strategies for prevention that can help you restore gum health and reduce your risk of further problems. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.



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