More to Healthy Teeth than Big, Bright Smile
If you think a big, bright smile is all there is to healthy teeth, here’s some news that may leave a bad taste in your mouth.
One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal or gum disease, according to recent findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study, titled “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010,” estimates that 47.2 percent — or 64.7 million adults — have mild or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, the prevalence rates increase by 70.1 percent.
Periodontal disease is insidious. Many people don’t even know they have a problem until it turns into a severe case. Just because your teeth and gums don’t hurt, it doesn’t mean your mouth is healthy.
By now, you may be looking in the mirror and wondering if you have a periodontal disease. Look very closely and see if your gums are red and inflamed on both the inside and outside of the linings. Maybe you see bleeding when you brush or your gums are separated from your teeth. Perhaps, the gum feels sensitive to touch and your teeth are loose. And your breath — does it smell foul? These are all indications of gum disease.