Did You Know?

Nearly half of U.S.adults have some level of gum disease? In fact, in 47% of U.S. adults ages 30 and older, and in adults ages 65 years and older, an estimated 70% have gum disease. The longer plaque and tartar are on the teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. In gingivitis the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease that can usually be revered with daily brushing, flossing and regular cleaning. When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontists which means inflammation around the tooth. If not treated, the bones, gums and tissue that supports the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed. Don’t fall victim to gum disease!