Gum disease is one of the most common and misunderstood diseases
40% of adults ages 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease, along with 70% of adults ages 65 years and older. Most people aren’t educated on gum disease, and what we think we know may not be completely true.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease treatment can be used to control the infection, and can vary depending on the severity of the disease. Often, part of the treatment includes good at-home care on your own as well. The dentist may also suggest changing certain behaviors, such as quitting smoking, as a way to improve your treatment results.
How to avoid gum disease
During a dental visit, your dentist examines your mouth for signs of gum disease. They will do this by measuring pockets around the teeth. Healthy pockets are between 1 and 3 millimeters. Going to the dentist regularly is one way to prevent gum disease, so you can get regularly examined.
Check for risk factors
Keep your gums healthy
Manage your plaque
About Gum Disease
Learn more about preventing and treating periodontal (gum) disease and NIDCR’s related research in this video by the NIH. Learn more: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/gum-disease