Gum Disease

Self Magazine: “Gum Disease Is No Joke.”

Stating that information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows “nearly half of adults 30 and over have some form of periodontal (gum) disease,” SELF Magazine (11/21, Barnes) discusses the importance of keeping gums healthy. The article states that “gum disease is no joke,” and “when it gets severe enough, it can even lead to tooth loss.” Some signs that could indicate a problem include gums that bleed easily, are red and swollen, or are pulling away from teeth. The article also mentions that while research suggests an association between gum disease and heart disease, the relationship between the two is “not fully understood.” The ADA states, “The current position of the American Heart Association and the American Dental Association is that while periodontal disease and heart health have an association, additional research is needed to establish whether one causes the other.”

        MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on gum disease and heart disease and oral health.

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