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Every year gum disease needlessly affects the oral health of millions of Americans. In fact, The American Dental Association estimates that 47 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease. Of equal concern is a report published by the Centers for Disease Control estimating that 64 percent of people over age 65 have moderate-to-severe gum disease.

Gum disease is often the result of an inadequate or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine. This allows hardened tartar to form on teeth near the gumline. Increased risk factors like tobacco use and alcohol consumption as well as certain medical conditions like dry mouth or diabetes also serve as increased risk factors.

It typically starts out as gingivitis with red or inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. This could also cause bad breath problems.

If gingivitis isn’t remedied by a dental cleaning at Lake City Way Dental Center and you don’t make improvements in your oral hygiene routine, gum disease will advance. Eventually it will develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis causes your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection deep down at the root. In time, this can even lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

New and continuing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. While it can’t cause these conditions, gum disease can exacerbate symptoms and limit treatment options.

If you are concerned about the health of your gums and you would like to be examined for gum disease in Seattle, Washington, you should call 206.363.1828 to schedule an appointment at our clinic.