Give Gum Disease the Brush Off
About 80 percent of adult Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
The ‘Soft Teeth’ Myth
If you think that “soft teeth” are the reason that cavities tend to run in families, you’ll be surprised to know the real reason. Research shows that dental caries (tooth decay) is an infectious disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects gums and bone supporting the teeth. The condition can arise for many reasons.
Some Surprising Facts About Gum Disease
You may have questions about periodontal (gum) disease. Can eating certain foods ward it off? Is it genetic? This article answers these and other questions about gum disease.
How Gum Disease Affects Your Health
But the health of your mouth could affect the health of your whole body. More and more evidence shows a strong association between gum disease and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, poor pregnancy outcomes, and other conditions. Some early research has even found a higher risk for certain cancers.
When Your Gums Recede
Periodontal disease is by far the most serious cause of gum recession. However, bacteria and plaque aren’t always to blame. Your gums may pull back from the neck of the tooth for mechanical reasons. Using a hard toothbrush or brushing too forcefully can actually wear away the gum tissue at the point where it meets the tooth. In addition, it’s common for gums to recede with age.
Cancer Tied to Gum Disease
Men with a history of periodontal (gum) disease have a 14 percent higher risk for cancer than men without gum disease, a study says.