Periodontal disease, also called gum disease in the earlier stages, is the primary reason behind adult tooth loss. Periodontal disease can be prevented with vigilant dental hygiene and regular dental visits.
This condition can be painful- particularly if left untreated. It starts out as a case of chronic bad breath- but can escalate to tooth loss rather quickly. It is estimated that nearly half of Americans over age 30 have some degree and form of periodontal disease- and more than 70% of those over 65 are also afflicted.
Talk to Dr. Moeti if you experience any of these warning signs of gum disease:
Regular exams and cleanings are the best way to detect and treat the earliest signs of gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease leads to pain and permanent tooth loss.