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Montgomery County Periodontal Associates

Gum Disease Statistics

Image of healthy tooth above tooth showing signs of periodontitisGum disease is a serious condition that should be taken seriously. At Montgomery County Periodontal Associates, we believe that understanding the basics of periodontal disease is crucial to preventing periodontitis and other damaging forms of the condition.

Here, Dr. Miles Mason discusses gum disease statistics. If you have the symptoms of gum disease, we can evaluate your oral health and prescribe treatment options at either of our clinics in Woodlands, TX and Conroe, TX.

Gum Disease: Understanding the Numbers

Half of adults in the United States suffer from periodontal gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For adults 65 and over, that percentage increases to 70.1 percent, according to the 2012 data.

The study also found higher occurrences of gum disease among men (56.4 percent vs. 38.4) and Mexican-Americans (66.7 percent vs. 33.3 for all other races combined).

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, advanced age, low income, and smoking are all factors that increase the likelihood of symptoms for this disease.

How Gum Disease Affects Health

The inflammatory condition damages the periodontal tissues that surround teeth. Left untreated, periodontal gum disease can lead to gum and tooth recession and eventually tooth loss.

Two common forms of periodontal gum disease are periodontitis and gingivitis. Both forms of gum disease result from the accumulation of bacteria in plaque.

  • Gingivitis: This precursor to periodontitis is characterized by swollen gums and bleeding while brushing or flossing.
  • Periodontitis: This severe infection of the periodontal tissue can lead to gum recession and tooth loss if left untreated.

Each patient with periodontal disease will experience symptoms based on several factors: the strength of the pathogens causing the disease, genetic factors, environmental factors around the periodontal tissue (such as crowded teeth), and the health of the patient’s immune system. Smoking and diabetes are known risk factors for periodontal disease.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease

While no one can live entirely free of gum disease - microbes are a persistent reality inside our mouths - the disease can be treated and managed. Dr. Mason offers several treatments for periodontal disease. Each procedure will be performed based on your oral health needs.

These treatment options include:

  • Cleanings
  • Scaling
  • Root planing
  • Antibiotics

Regular cleanings, scaling, and root planing can remove plaque and the bacteria that thrives there.

Comprehensive gum disease treatments can be completed in a series of appointments. We offer various anesthetic and sedation options for your comfort.

The most effective way to prevent periodontal disease and prevent its return is to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice a day. Floss daily, especially right before going to sleep. Visit your dentist every six months for cleanings. Finally, avoid sugary and acidic foods.

Stay Ahead of Gum Disease

While most people in the United States experience gum disease at some point, treating and preventing periodontal disease should be your top priority. Dr. Mason will evaluate your oral health and recommend treatment options at our office.

If you show signs of gingivitis or periodontitis, contact our office online or call (281) 363-2009 or (936) 756-1669 to set up an appointment.

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Dr. Mason and his staff have been fantastic.  Dr. Mason has performed periodontal surgery on me twice and always made himself available for after hours care and questions.  The surgical results turned out well and working with his staff has always been a nice experience. 

-Brandon G.
The Woodlands, TX