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What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Periodontal, or gum, disease is a common inflammatory condition around an individual’s teeth that can weaken the supporting soft tissue and bone around each tooth. In its most advanced stages, periodontitis can also result in major damage to the jawbone itself.

How Do I Know If I Have Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Research shows that 47.2 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. It is also possible to have gum disease without experiencing any symptoms. The best way to avoid or manage gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly.

What Are Some Risk Factors?

You may be at risk for gum disease if any of the following apply to you:

  • Tobacco and alcohol use
  • Systematic diseases
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy

In addition, the following types of prescription drugs may also increase the risk of gum disease. Talk with your dentist if you are taking:

  • Steroids
  • Cancer therapy drugs
  • Oral contraceptives
  • An anti-epilepsy drug
  • A calcium channel blocker

What Is a Periodontist?

Periodontists are qualified dentists who have an additional three years of education and specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. They also perform dental implant surgery and cosmetic periodontal procedures. Your periodontist will work closely with your dentist to manage your oral health.

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