Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults today. Many adults do not know they have the disease until it is too late. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, periodontal disease affects nearly half of all adults over 30, and 70% of those aged 65 and older.
A common question that is asked is, “ can gum disease affect other parts of the body?’ The answer is, yes. Bacteria can travel through the mouth, which will then go into the bloodstream and lungs. There are a number of systemic diseases that are linked to gum disease, such as, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory disease, and rheumatic disease.
To prevent gum disease, don’t smoke, watch your diet, use good oral hygiene regularly, and keep your body and mind active.