Gum disease is extremely common among US adults, and yet, many don't understand the true facts about it. For example, left untreated, bacteria from periodontal infections can spread and raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease, Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, birth defects, and certain forms of cancer.
If you have gum disease or think you do, in any stage, you should not hesitate to see your periodontist for a "gum check up" and immediately begin, if necessary, the most appropriate form of periodontal treatment.
"Gum disease" is a scary phrase to hear, whether it be as part of a dental diagnosis or as a warning from your periodontist of what could happen if you fail to keep up good dental hygiene going forward.
Some form of periodontal disease will afflict a majority of Americans at some point in their life, though far fewer come down with the most advanced forms of gum disease (called periodontitis).
Around 3 million new cases of Periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease, are diagnosed in the US each year. And there are millions more cases of less severe periodontal disease (gingivitis), that go undiagnosed and untreated each year, and which will likely progress into periodontitis.