Not counting wisdom teeth, the average person age 20-39 is missing one tooth, the average 40-49-year old is missing 3.5 teeth, and those aged over 60 are missing 8 teeth– and this is usually because of gum disease.
Gum Disease is Serious
Approximately 64 million American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. The purpose behind National Gum Care Month is to bring attention to the very real problem of gum disease and to help raise awareness of ways you can take better care of your gums so that you don’t suffer with the pain of gingivitis and potential tooth loss. Your gums protect your teeth by covering the sensitive roots and if not taken care of properly, they can actually cause harm and put your teeth and health at risk of more serious problems.
Although gum disease is more prevalent in older people, it can affect children also. Did you know that gum disease is considered a contagious disease, meaning those with the disease can transfer it to other people? Sharing the same spoon, glass or even a kiss can actually transmit gum disease-causing bacteria to another person. Gum disease should not be taken lightly; it has been linked to heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, preterm birth, and stillborn deaths.
6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Gum Disease
September is National Gum Care Month, and it is a great time to brush up on the habits that can keep your mouth healthy and clean. Make each of the following activities part of your daily oral care routine to protect yourself from the ravages of gum disease.
Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Sticky plaque builds up on the teeth continually, and if left there it quickly develops into tartar, a hard substance that can only be removed by a professional. Both plaque and tartar contribute to gum disease.