"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.
With recreational Marijuana use now legal in 10 US states (and in neighboring Canada), and medical Marijuana use legal in 22 states - including Florida, there's one aspect of the debate that many have tended to overlook. The fact is, although marijuana may be helpful as a pain reliever for certain medical conditions, it can have a detrimental effect on the user's oral health, in a way very similar to the risks of smoking tobacco products.
There is longstanding debate in dental circles over the exact relationship between oral hygiene, fluoride, and prevention of tooth decay. But one thing is certain, no one should underestimate the importance of fluoride in preventing cavities, and by extension, tooth loss.
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we deal with tooth loss in the 21st Century. They have made vast improvements both to individual replacement teeth and to dentures (via implant-supported denture systems) and are easily the superior choice in most dental situations.
The state of oral health in America today is far better than it was decades ago, but it is still far less impressive than in could be. And unfortunately, it's often those over 65 who have suffer the most from a wide array of oral health problems.