August 9, 2015
The word epidemic gets thrown out a lot by the news media. From swine flue to the bird flu, it seems there’s always something in the news to get a little panicked about.
But gum disease may be the epidemic you’ve never even thought about.
In this blog, we normally talk about dental techniques, new oral health technology, and give tips for improving your dental hygiene. At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC in Belleville, IL, we always want you to look your smile to look great. But today, we want to break that routine a little bit to talk about some recent research performed on the subject of gum disease.
The Definite Risks of Gum Disease We Know
By sheer numbers, gum disease seems to be an unreported American epidemic. Around 75 percent of Americans suffer from gum disease. You may know of gum disease by its more formal medical names; periodontitis or periodontal disease.
Gum disease is likely a far greater threat to your health than you realize, it can do a whole lot more than just make your gums sore. As the disease progresses, it can cause damage to your bone structure and cause you to lose teeth.
Gum disease, along with tooth decay, are the two leading causes of tooth loss. Gum disease can also cause serious infections in your teeth, which often require lengthy dental procedures to correct.
But gum disease may cause problems to overall health as well. New medical studies are suggesting that gum disease may increase your risk for everything from diabetes to strokes. There are even potential links between gum disease and heart disease, as well as cancer.
The Potential Risks of Gum Disease We’re Still Learning
Newly released studies from the American Academy of Periodontology (performed in conjunction with several university) reveals that Americans with gum disease are twice as likely to contract heart disease during their lifetime.
As you may know, heart disease is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Around two thousand Americans pass away from heart disease, every single day of the year. That’s almost a million a year.
Heart disease isn’t the only disease with a link to gum disease. New research from Columbia University also shows that adults with gum disease are about twice as likely to develop diabetes as other adults. This research accounted for differences in smoking habits, weight, and eating habits.
To be certain, correlation between the illnesses does not definitely show that one is causing the other. A lot of research is currently being performed on that matter. But considering gum disease is preventable and treatable, why even take the risk?
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During every dental exam we perform, we also screen our patients for gum disease. When we detect gum disease early, we can treat it quickly and painlessly. This saves you from longer procedures, and potentially from every greater health risks.
Take your dental health seriously and know your risk of gum disease. Click here to make an appointment with the the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC in Belleville, IL.