Number One Cause Of Tooth Loss.
The number one cause of tooth loss in people over 35 is not tooth decay, The number one cause is periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Approximately 70% of teeth in people aged 35 and older is due to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can be classed in three stages.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
The first stage and easiest to treat, is gingivitis. Most of us have a pretty good understanding of what gingivitis is by watching ads on the television and seeing seeing ads in magazines. Symptoms may include red, tender tissue around the teeth or an individual tooth, bleeding on flossing or brushing, bad breath, and pocket depths measured by your hygienist or dentist of 2-3mm.
The second stage of periodontal disease is progression from gingivitis to a situation where the disease causes increased infection of the gum tissue and now into the small ligaments that go around each tooth, creating a small separation between the tooth and the bone.
The last stage of periodontal disease, is classified as advanced. At this point, what may have been a localized infection around a few teeth results in a worsening of everything mentioned above. The disease is now where it can spread to the other teeth and that may not have been previously affected/infected.
The above is not good news if the disease is not diagnosed or treated. What is good news is that periodontal disease is treatable with great success if identified and treated early. It is very important to see Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones and even your dental hygienist at Hendersonville Family Dentistry and follow their recommendations!