While you may not think periodontal (gum) disease affects you, 75 percent of adults over the age of 35 show signs and symptoms. In fact, periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Also, Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. Research over the years demonstrated that as well as bacteria, inflammation may also be a factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body. Therefore, treating bacteria and inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Research has shown an association between periodontal disease and other diseases including:
· Heart Disease & Stroke
· Diabetes
· Pregnancy
· Menopause and Post-Menopause
· Osteoporosis
· Respiratory Disease
· Cancer

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

· Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and gently clean where the gums meet your teeth.
· Clean between your teeth at least once a day with dental floss (or other interdental cleaners, such as rubber tips and oral irrigators, as recommended by your dentist) to remove bacteria, plaque and food particles your tooth brush can’t reach.
· Eat a balanced diet, which includes a variety from each of the basic food groups, to maintain optimum oral health.
· Visit your dentist regularly, ideally every four to six months, for a preventive checkup and professional cleaning, which is essential in the prevention of gum disease, and the maintenance of good oral health.

Reference: The above introduction has been prepared for you based on material from the “Ontario Dental Association” and “American Academy of Periodontology”.