A smile is more important to your health than you may realize. In fact, there have been studies that show how smiles make us more attractive, raise our moods, lower our stress levels and just make us appear to be younger. In order to love our smiles, we must keep our teeth and gums healthy and smile-ready. The problem is, most of us don’t. Around 50 percent of U.S. adults 30 and over have periodontal disease aka gums disease. For adults 65 and over, that percentage jumps to 65 percent. With such high percentages of adults with gums disease, we decided to collaborate with the Academy of Periodontology to help inform every one of the problems.
It’s time we love our smiles again and end periodontal disease.
What Causes Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is 2.5 times more prevalent than diabetes. One of the biggest causes of periodontal disease is not cleaning your teeth properly. In a 2015 survey from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), they found that 27 percent of U.S. adults lie to their dentists about how often they floss. Sadly, 15 percent of those surveyed said they’d rather wash dirty dishes than floss. On the other hand, the same survey found that a third of American adults say they notice a person’s smile before anything else.
Luckily, there are experts in the field that actually specialize in this area conveniently called, periodontists. As part of their practice, periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. As part of their schooling, they receive three additional years of training on top of their dental school. All periodontists agree the best ways to prevent periodontal disease include brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and receiving annual comprehensive periodontal evaluations.
Love The Gums You’re With
Since your smile is very important, the AAP has launched a campaign called Love The Gums You’re With. The goal of the campaign is to educate others about gum health and how to keep your smile looking great. As part of the campaign, they’ve launched a new website called Gumblr. Gumblr can help you find local periodontists and get info about gum disease in a fun and interactive way. Gumblr.org is where you can take quizzes and much more.
More to Know about Periodontal Disease
- There are non-surgical therapies as well as more advanced procedures like dental implant surgeries if needed.
- Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease, periodontitis is the advanced level of gum disease.
- Symptoms include, red swollen gums, receding gums, loose teeth, bad breath and bleeding when flossing.
- There have been links made between gum disease, diabetes and heart disease.
- Some other side effects of gums disease include social anxiety and discomfort from loss of teeth and bad breath.