Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the U.S. But did you know that about half of the population over the age of 35 will experience some level of periodontal disease? Watch this dental minute to learn how periodontal disease can affect your teeth and body.
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Hi, I'm Fred Joyal. Many people believe that the only way you can lose a tooth is because of decay, cavities. But the truth is, in adults, the greatest risk to preserving your natural teeth is gum disease and it's estimated that by age 35, more than half the adult population has some level of gum disease.
This can cause your gums to recede, teeth to loosen and decay to occur at the roots of your teeth, not to mention bad breath. It's also why by a certain age so many people need dentures or partials. There has also been research indicating that the health of your mouth affects the health of your entire body.
But regular checkups with a dentist and proper treatment can control and even eliminate gum disease. And dentists now use lasers and other new techniques to effectively combat periodontal disease and help you keep your natural teeth.