An estimated 200 million American adults currently suffer from Periodontal (or gum) disease to varying degrees. Periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation and bleeding of the gums in its most mild form (gingivitis), and eventually, loss of bone and tissue (the tooth-supporting periodontal ligaments) in its more severe or advanced form, periodontitis. Periodontal disease usually begins to develop during the 30s or 40s, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Interestingly enough, periodontal disease is typically not painful until it gets to the advanced stages, which is why the condition often goes untreated and is allowed free reign to do damage.
- Common symptoms of periodontal disease
- Common causes of periodontal disease
- Help me choose a natural and alternative treatment for periodontal disease
- Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of periodontal disease
- Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of periodontal disease
- Additional reading for periodontal disease