Around 3 million new cases of Periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease, are diagnosed in the US each year. And there are millions more cases of less severe periodontal disease (gingivitis), that go undiagnosed and untreated each year, and which will likely progress into periodontitis.
With some 50,000 people newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer every year and around 24 people dying of oral cancer in the US every day (one every hour of the day), it should be obvious why oral cancer awareness and prevention are important concerns.
Oral and dental health easily ranks among the most important areas of your overall health you need to constantly monitor and care for. And yet, oral health is often neglected, both because of an aversion to seeing the dentist and because of the seeming tediousness of upholding good home oral hygiene practices on a continual basis.
Gum disease comes in 4 distinct stages of progression, beginning as gingivitis and culminating in advanced periodontitis. At first, its symptoms are mild and fully reversible. But left unchecked, it can lead to deterioration of gum and bone tissue, tooth loss, and infection/inflammations spreading from the mouth to other parts of the body.
In decades gone by, there were relatively few options when it came to tooth restoration. There were bridges and dentures, and if you needed dentures, they were full or partial - and that was about it.