According to the American Academy of Periodontology, half of all Americans struggle with some level of periodontal disease. That means that 50% of the people you come across every day are dealing with a major dental issue that could affect everything from tooth coloration to their respiratory health.
Chief among these diseases is advanced periodontitis, a dangerous disease that’s far too common for our liking.
But you can help reverse these trends.
Knowledge is power, as they say, so read on to learn more about advanced periodontitis as well as a few tips on how you can prevent it.
What Is Advanced Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is something you may not recognize by name, but you’re probably familiar with it in some capacity.
This oral malady occurs when gum tissue begins creeping up, leaving teeth vulnerable to bacteria. Since your teeth no longer have the protection they need, everything from food particles to plaque buildup can make its way into your gums, thus perpetuating symptoms.
Now, this may sound familiar.
It’s a common misconception that later stage periodontitis is the same thing as gingivitis. And though these two diseases may share many similarities, they’re a bit different. Namely, gingivitis precedes periodontitis. However, the latter is far more dangerous than gingivitis, and gingivitis is much more manageable.
But the dangers don’t stop at your gums. Periodontitis and gingivitis are both linked to a swath of health issues such as diabetes, heart conditions, and even reproductive problems.
Common Symptoms Of Periodontitis
So how do you know if you’re suffering from periodontitis? There are a few telltale symptoms you should be on the lookout for.
The most obvious is inflammation of gum tissue. Your gums may be sensitive to the touch or bleed when you brush your teeth.
Your breath is also a good indication of your oral health and it’s something that no amount of breath mints can fix, as it’s caused by harmful bacteria.
Finally, your teeth are maybe the best indication of your periodontal health. If your teeth are loose, sensitive, or discolored, it may be time to call your local dentist.
How To Prevent Advanced Periodontitis
Needless to say, nobody sets out to get sore gums. But few of us actually take the time needed to promote strong oral health.
Brushing on a regular basis is far and away the best method of prevention. It removed plaque buildup while helping your gums stay healthy.
Mouthwash is also a great way to kill off harmful bacteria. Make an effort to brush and rinse after every meal and you’ll decrease your chances of contracting periodontitis by quite a bit.
Additionally, you’ll want to schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups. That way you can catch any potential problems early on instead of having to pay thousands of dollars in periodontal treatments.
Final Thoughts On Oral Health And Periodontitis
It’s so important to take good care of your teeth and gums. A few minutes of brushing per day and the occasional visit with your favorite local dentist can stave off advanced periodontitis and may save your teeth.
Ready to schedule your consultation? Get in touch today. It may just save your teeth.