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3 Fascinating, Lesser-Known Facts About Gum Disease

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When most of us think about oral hygiene, the first thing that comes to mind is brushing our teeth. And rightfully so—the habit is one of our first lines of defense against oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, of which the latter is actually quite harmful. However, despite its severity, many don’t realize just how detrimental the condition can be to one’s smile and overall wellness. Continue reading as your trusted dentist shares a few lesser-known facts about gum disease; this information can prove useful in the ongoing battle against this serious condition!

1. It’s Silent but Deadly

Gum disease is quite common—it’s estimated that roughly half of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of the disease. But despite this rampancy, it often progresses under the radar silently and is very easy to miss. This is why routine dental care is so imperative; your dentist can regularly inspect your gums for problems and if necessary, recommend treatment options. If you’re regularly experiencing minor symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breath, or mild gum recession, don’t shrug them off; it could mean gum disease is silently assaulting your smile!

2. It Affects More Than Just Your Gums

Even though it’s referred to as “gum” disease, it has the potential to wreak havoc all across your body. Obviously, your teeth are at stake; they rely on healthy gum tissue for support and can loosen and fall out if the condition isn’t treated. But even worse, the inflammation caused by gum disease can exacerbate existing health issues. Research shows a strong connection between gum disease and other systematic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory infections.

3. It’s Contagious

Just like how you can pass a cold or stomach bug to somebody else, gum disease can also be transmitted from person to person. Sharing foods, drinks or even kissing can facilitate the spread of the bacteria that causes it. It can even be passed genetically! According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease can also run in the family—meaning that even if you have impeccable oral hygiene, you might still be at risk.

Don’t let gum disease get the best of you—by taking the time to learn about what causes it and knowing how to prevent it, you can effectively safeguard your smile.

About the Author

Dr. Alan R. DeAngelo received his DDS from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and has proudly served patients and families in the Homer Glen, IL community for several years. His practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services including periodontal therapy. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to arrange a visit for you or a loved one, feel free to contact Dr. DeAngelo through his practice’s website or by telephone for assistance: (708) 854-5912.

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