Is Periodontal Disease Common?
Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects a large proportion of American adults. It is estimated that around 50% of all Americans have some level of periodontal disease. This can range from a relatively harmless case of gum inflammation to serious late-stage periodontal disease that can result in tooth loss or life-threatening infection.
Periodontal Disease, Understanding the Basics
Periodontal disease refers to any inflammation of the gums and underlying bone or tissue. This inflammation is caused by plaque. The bacteria in plaque can build up over time if you are not taking care of your teeth, infecting your gums, teeth, and eventually the underlying bone.