Your oral and dental hygiene affects your overall health in many ways we are only beginning to understand. Recent studies, for example, show the importance of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums in preventing or managing diabetes, the connection between oral health and heart health, the way that periodontal inflammations can lead to inflammations in other parts of your body, and more.
According to one CDC estimate, half of all US adults age 30 and up have at least some form of periodontal disease. That includes everything from the mildest first stages of gingivitis to the most advanced cases of periodontitis, but it is a staggering statistic nonetheless.
Not only can periodontal (gum) disease destroy and infect periodontal tissue, loosen teeth, and lead to tooth loss, it can also increase your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's, make diabetes more difficult to control, and give you chronic bad breath that can hurt your relationships.
Most U.S. adults will develop some form of gum disease at some point in their life, and one of the earliest signs that gum disease may soon appear is a receding gum line. In years past, the only way to correct a receding gum line was through gum graft surgery, which is still the best solution in certain cases. But today, periodontics has been blessed with a new, minimally invasive procedure called the pinhole surgical graft technique.
The DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) tells us that some 30% of Americans skip out on going to the dentist due to a condition known as "dental phobia," where your fear of experiencing pain in the dental chair takes priority over your oral health.