Periodontal Disease - Why You Should be Concerned
You may be hearing a lot more about periodontal disease these days than you have in the past. The reason is simple – periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious public health concern that affects millions of people.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. That’s a whopping 64,000,000 people with mild, moderate, or severe periodontal disease.
Why We’re Worried
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks healthy gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth.
Without treatment, periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. In fact, statistics indicate ...