Dental Health Facts at Glance

Did you know that oral hygiene greatly affects overall long-term health? Did you also know that good hygiene and a nice smile are linked with self-confidence? Below are some interesting facts about oral hygiene and dental health.

  • Nearly 70% of adult Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease
  • Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults
  • Gum disease can be caused by genetics, smoking, medical conditions, medications, stress, and other factors
  • There are four stages of gum disease- gingivitis, early periodontitis, moderate periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis
  • Periodontal disease is often painless and many people don’t know they have it until it has reached the advanced stages
  • The health of the mouth, teeth, and gums can have a direct impact on a person’s overall health
  • Studies have linked periodontal disease with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and low-birth weight babies
  • Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled
  • Recent studies show that if periodontal disease in diabetics is treated, their sugar control can improve
  • Studies show that by treating periodontal disease, hospitalizations and medical costs for treating other conditions may be reduced by as much as $5,600.
  • The best way to prevent periodontal disease is with daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings.