Dental diseases (cavities and gum disease are the most common affecting people besides the common cold! It took the addition of Fluoride to our drinking water to significantly reduce the level of dental decay in our population. This may not be enough for gum disease.
75% of the total population in the United States have some form of periodontal disease and don`t even know it! Unlike most diseases that give us early warning signs, gum disease is silent but not always slow, and often without pain.
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation is an early stage that will result in some bleeding when you brush or floss. However, periodontal disease, which is a weakening of the gum and bone that support your teeth, affects about half of the adults over 18 and even more frightening, 3 out of 4 adults over 35 are affected in some way by periodontal disease.
Evidence is mounting relating gum disease to a variety of health concerns, some that are life threatening. Please do yourself a favor, have a full periodontal evaluation as soon as possible.