3 Interesting Facts About Gum Disease in Honor of Gum Care Month

September 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dpmgeneralteam @ 6:53 pm
a closeup of a patient’s smile and gums

September marks a few important things: kicking off a new school year, the start of cooler autumn weather, and of course, the beginning of Gum Care Month! Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide of all ages and walks of life—and despite its prevalence, it’s quite harmful to one’s smile and wellness! But did you know that by simply knowing more about the condition, you’re giving yourself an edge when it comes to protecting yourself from it? Here are three fascinating facts about gum disease that your dentist wants you to remember.

1. It’s Often a Silent but Deadly Assassin

Gum disease often progresses silently and completely under the radar, with mild symptoms occurring that can easily be ignored. Bleeding gums, bad breath, and gum recession are just a few of the initial signs that should not be shrugged off. Regular dental checkups are one of the best ways to help diagnose and treat gum disease in its early stages, therefore ultimately preventing severe complications that can affect your smile and general wellness alike.

2. It Can Be Contagious

Believe it or not, you can pass gum disease to others, or receive it from others yourself thanks to its contagious capabilities. And according to the American Academy of Periodontology, even genetics can influence a person’s susceptibility to gum disease—meaning that even if you have impeccable oral habits, you could still be at risk! It also doesn’t discriminate based on age; while it’s more common among adults, teens and children can even pick it up, meaning you should be extra careful if you have kids who sip your drinks.

3. It Affects More Than Your Gums

Research has shown a strong connection between gum disease and other systematic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and even respiratory infections. The inflammation caused by gum disease can exacerbate existing health issues, making oral care even more critical for overall well-being. It’s also worth mentioning that the tooth loss that can be caused by gum disease is quite problematic too—tooth loss can shorten life expectancy, in addition to making eating and speaking more difficult!

As you consider how you’ll spend your time this September and the upcoming autumn months, remember to prioritize your smile’s health—which includes not only your pearly whites but also your gums!

About the Practice

D’Andrea and Pantera Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has proudly served families in the Hamden, CT area for several years, and they’d be honored to take care of you and your loved one’s smiles! The practice offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services to ensure that every patient who walks through their doors ends up leaving with a whiter, healthier, and more beautiful smile. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit, feel free to contact the practice online or by phone for additional information or assistance. Telephone: (203) 288-0951.

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