When the gums and the bone in the mouth that support healthful and stable teeth become inflamed and infected, this may be gingivitis initially. But as time progresses without treatment, the condition gingivitis can easily become more severe and develop into what is called periodontal disease. Here the gums will start receding and jaw bone degradation can begin all of which make it more difficult for a person’s natural teeth to stay firmly positioned in the mouth. As a result, teeth can become loose and even simply fall out.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that over 47% of adults that are at least 30 years of age and older have some form of periodontal disease. And with age, periodontal disease becomes more prevalent. When adults are aged 65 and older, more than 70% have periodontal disease. Men and women can both suffer from the disease but men are more than 18% more likely to suffer from periodontal disease than women.
In severe cases where periodontal disease is present, it could be necessary for tooth removal to take place in order to treat the condition. While tooth removal is not always the preferred outcome of periodontal disease, it could be necessary. Therefore it is critically important to do what you can to keep your teeth, gums, and jawbone the strongest and healthiest possible to prevent gingivitis and then periodontal disease from progressing.
These strategies can best position you to keep your oral health in good condition:
If you have periodontal disease then your ability to prevent your condition has passed. Now, treatment is the next step. There are some situations where gum disease is an unavoidable consequence of life. Some individuals have genetic issues, for example, that make them more prone to periodontal disease.
Dental implant restoration may be the necessary approach to fixing missing teeth as a result of dental disease. Whether it is just one tooth, two teeth, or a full mouth of missing teeth that needs to be remedied, the San Diego dental implant restoration specialist at McBride Dental can help you get a beautiful and functional smile back again. To learn more about dental implants, dental restoration, and periodontal disease, please call McBride Dental to schedule an appointment or free consultation at (760) 471-1003.