Periodontitis is common, but largely preventable. It's often the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing every day, and having regular dental checkups can greatly improve your chances of succeeding in treating periodontitis and may also reduce your chances of developing it. Because, according to the CDC, nearly 50% of adults over 30 years old already have some type of periodontal disease.
The problem also increases as we age. More than 70% of adults over 65 years of age have some type of periodontal disease. As you can see from these numbers, this highly preventable problem is widespread in the United States today. Some other foods can also be hazardous to gum health.
Acidic foods and juices, for example, can also erode the gumline if consumed in excessive amounts. In addition, soft drinks and sports drinks often contain high amounts of sugar. Finally, if you are a smoker, your chances of contracting gum disease are much higher, as 64% of current smokers suffer from it. Periodontitis is a serious problem, but it can be prevented with a few daily practices and regular visits to the dentist.
To schedule an appointment at our San Francisco, California office, feel free to book online or call 415-506-5241 today. Preventing gingivitis comes down to maintaining a basic daily oral care routine. A routine of brushing your teeth, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash twice a day prevents odor-causing bacteria from taking over your mouth. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will help prevent plaque from causing problems.
However, brushing only reaches 25% of the mouth. People can do a variety of things to help prevent periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease. These include good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups, and appropriate lifestyle changes. It is essential that flossing be part of the daily dental care regimen for optimal prevention of periodontal disease.
At Grace Dental Group, Woo Young Lee, DDS understands the seriousness of periodontitis or gum disease and the additional problems that arise when it occurs. CDC is currently working with key partner organizations, such as the American Academy of Periodontics and the American Dental Association, to improve and maintain surveillance for periodontal disease in adults. So, only a dental health professional can remove tartar and stop the process of periodontal disease. CDC efforts include (developing measures for use in periodontal disease surveillance at the state and local levels), (improving the validity of prevalence estimates derived from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) by improving the accuracy of the clinical examination protocols used in this national survey, and (developing simple measures for the detection of periodontal disease in clinical settings).