Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth, which is the common cause of tooth loss in adults. Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent periodontal disease as well as treating gingivitis early.
Here are a few important facts about perio to keep in mind…
- Around the age of 40, both men and women’s bone-protecting hormones start to decline which can lead to the thinning of bones or osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis has been linked to periodontal disease. As osteoporosis progresses, it can lead to tooth loss, jaw issues and bite problems.
- Gum (periodontal) disease often times appears without symptoms. It is considered the sixth complication of diabetes and has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney and lung diseases, osteoporosis and a complication of pregnancy.
- Despite your age or gender, Calcium and Phosphorus as well as Vitamins A, C and D are necessary to maintain strong teeth and bones.
- Tobacco and alcohol should be avoided.
- Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine, such as brushing, flossing and regular check-ups are vital to a healthy mouth and achieving an attractive smile regardless of age or gender.
If you want more information about periodontal disease or are wanting to schedule a check-up, please contact us at 402-393-4400.
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