Did you know that periodontal disease affects 1 in 2 Americans, or approximately 65 million people? Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that, if left untreated, may cause damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth and can eventually lead to tooth loss. But fear not, friends! By committing to a caring, lifelong relationship with your gums and visiting a periodontist, gum-love can conquer all.
If you open your heart, mind, and mouth to your gums, they’ll love you back. That’s a perio promise. In fact, a little extra love and affection can leave you with a smile that you’ll be proud to flash. The alternative is not so warm and fuzzy – and includes stuff like swollen, tender gums and breath that’s not so hot. So keep your gums top-of-mouth, and never, under any circumstances, take them for granted. Because they have a way of knowing when you do. They’re sensitive like that.
Some types of gum disease can be severe and may be linked to more serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes or respiratory problems. Talk to a dental professional about the connection between your gums and your health, and visit our “Find a Perio” section to locate a periodontist near you. There are lots of ways to treat gum problems, from the minor to the more severe. You just have to take the first step.