Medical research has determined that gum disease has a link to serious conditions like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. According to the American Dental Association, over three-quarters of the American population has periodontal infection at some level. Dentists consider this to be an epidemic, due to the seriousness of the infection and the percentage of the population afflicted.
Extensive decay is the general assumption for the reason for tooth loss. But the most frequent cause is periodontal or gum disease. Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing is a sign of this infection. But sometimes there are no signs until the stage of infection has become severe. With early treatment, the infection can be reversed with nonsurgical methods. If you wait too long to take care of the problem, surgery may be the only option.
Come out next week to hear an address from this year's speaker oral cancer survivor Britta Waters. Like Peter Britta is part of the 7% of oral cancer patients who don't fit the 'picture' of the disease. She'll be sharing her inspiring story of her battle with oral cancer and her continued fight to raise awareness. Learn more at her participant page: http://donate.oralcancer.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=21508 #oralcancer #oralcancerawareness…
Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid painful and expensive dental procedures, as it stresses home care and regular dental visits that will help to prevent tooth decay or disease. Preventive dental care as well as home care are important to maintain because they help to keep the teeth, gums, and body healthy throughout life.
Yes. Preventive dentistry will benefit anyone in helping to keep a healthy smile. Even people with dentures can benefit from preventative care. Conditions such as oral cancer and denture stomatitis can be detected during regular visits to the dental office.