02:36pm Friday 15 December 2017

Study Shows How Young Adults Can Prevent Periodontal Disease

They can’t guarantee that you don’t develop periodontal disease. Periodontal diseaseis a silent disease. Most people afflicted with this are not going to see symptoms until it’s too late.

It affects millions of Americans. In fact, the University of Maryland Medical System states that more than 75% of adults have a certain form of gum disease and 30% of those are inherently susceptible to getting periodontal disease. What’s alarming is that only 60% of the subjects are aware of their gum problem.

Periodontal disease can be a simple inflammation of the gum (gingivitis) but it can also destroy the bone and tissues that support the teeth and eventually lead to teeth loss (periodontitis). Mainly caused by bacteria, periodontal disease, is common in people who don’t have proper oral hygiene. Although most people won’t see signs until they are in their 30s, young adults are among those commonly afflicted by gingivitis.

Why young adults develop gingivitis

Unhealthy eating habits, smoking, and improper oral hygiene are the main (preventable) causes of gingivitis. These also cause tooth decay. The reason young adults could be highly susceptible to gum disease is they consume a lot of junk foods and those that have high sugar content. Sodas, chocolates, candies, and other snacks and drinks that are too sweet can result to plaque formation and with poor dental hygiene, bacteria form and lead to gum inflammation.

Periodontal disease can be prevented. Proper oral care is your first line of defense. It’s important  to start early because once the disease develops, you may need intensive treatments.

Recent developments in preventing tooth decay and gum problems

Young adults can avoid gum problems and keep their teeth by quitting smoking and making dietary changes. Reducing sugar intake will prevent plaque formation. More importantly, brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can keep gums and teeth healthy.

Experts recently found that fluoride helps reduce periodontal disease incidence in young adults. According to a study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide in Australia, water treated with fluoride reduces the risk for tooth decay. Published in the Journal of Dental Research, the study holds the strongest evidence that fluoride has dental health benefits even to those who didn’t have fluoridated water when they were kids.

So what impact does this have on young adults afflicted with periodontal disease? It gives them a fighting chance even without previous fluoride consumption. Fluoridated water can strengthen the teeth enamel, increasing the protection against plaque and decay.

Promoting oral health

Periodontal disease can be prevented. Being more aware of eating habits and oral hygiene will significantly reduce the chances of getting gum disease. More importantly, regular dental checkups should not be ignored. The problem with young adults is they rarely visit their dentists. Without regular cleaning, it’s easy to get bacteria in the gums.

Moreover, you won’t be aware of other factors that cause gum disease like poorly made restorations. Spaces can trap food particles and cause plaque formation. Additionally, wisdom teeth can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Without professional help, periodontitis can easily occur. In fact, patients in their 20s are more likely to experience this.

Luckily, help is readily available. A certified Dover dentist can help you remove third molars and prevent the onslaught of periodontal disease. Dentists can protect your gums and teeth and potentially prevent serious diseases associated with periodontal disease like diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV-associated gingivitis, and osteoporosis.

 


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