Before you open your mouth any wider in awe, you should know that over time inflammation is a result of periodontal disease that causes the gums and bones surrounding the teeth to recede. When you lose teeth or the structures holding your teeth in place, the overall look of your face, mouth and smile will be impacted. If left untreated, periodontal failure can affect other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well.
The findings also indicate disparities among certain segments of the U.S. population. Periodontal disease is higher in men than women — 56.4 percent vs. 38.4 percent — and is highest in Mexican-Americans — 66.7 percent — compared to other ethnicities. Other segments with high prevalence rates include current smokers, 64.2 percent; those living below the federal poverty level, 65.4 percent; and those with less than a high school education, 66.9 percent.
Your visual examination alone is not enough. To really know if you have periodontal disease, let a professional examine each tooth above and below the gum line. Research has found in most cases of periodontal disease that it is more important than ever to get a comprehensive evaluation from a dentist each year.