Gum (or periodontal) disease is one of the leading threats to dental health. It’s typically caused by poor brushing & flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build up on teeth and harden.
In its early stage, the gums can become red, swollen, & may bleed easily. That’s called gingivitis. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth & form spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. This can cause loss of the bone that holds teeth in place, & eventually tooth loss.
To help prevent or control gum disease, it is important to brush daily & floss regularly. Also, make sure to see your dentist for routine checkups.
Almost half, 47.2%, of all adults aged 30 years & older have some form of gum disease.
Gum disease increases with age. 70.1% of adults 65 years & older have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is more common in men than women. 56.4% vs 38.4%
Smoking can put you at risk for gum problems. In fact, 64.2% of current smokers have gum disease.