Everyone knows that gum disease is no fun and that keeping your gum tissue healthy is important. But there is still a lot about gum disease that people don't know. And there is a lot of false information out there about gum disease as well.
In decades gone by, those who had lost teeth had only a few options. They could get removable dentures, dental bridgework (in certain situations), or "just live with it." Then came the discovery of how titanium can safely and firmly fuse to human bone tissue via osseointegration - and modern dental implants were born.
According to the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, the majority of US adults today have some form of gum disease - ranging from pre-gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Periodontal disease tends to begin to make an appearance as you enter your thirties and forties, and seniors especially tend to suffer from this and other dental and periodontal problems. Aging takes a toll on us all - but gum disease can be stopped and reversed via laser periodontal treatment!
Tooth loss isn't something to just shrug off and ignore. It can have serious consequences beyond just aesthetics, including infection, bone loss in your jawbone, pain while chewing, indigestion due to poorly chewed food, halitosis (chronic bad breath), and more.