Clearly, if this is the case, something is very, very wrong. How could it be true that so many suffer from gum disease? Don’t most of us go to the dentist on a regular basis to get our teeth cleaned? Don’t most of us brush and floss our teeth every day? How could the percentage of people that have gum disease be so incredibly high?
Fighting or preventing gum disease is a complex problem in the sense that there are many facets to look at. That is not to say that gum disease itself is hard to conquer. No.
There is a small minority of people that will suffer from gum disease no matter what. But the vast majority of people are not doomed in this way. It is really a matter of understanding and taking action.
Therein lies part of the problem. Understanding what gum disease is and what is needed to stop it or prevent it from coming back once it has been checked is desperately needed by the majority of people.
Information about gum disease in the quantity and quality necessary is not always forthcoming from the sources we might expect to provide it. There is one notable exception. Periodontists have special training in gum care. The focus of their practice is on the health of the gums.
There is an entire profession devoted to gum health and disease. Isn’t that just another clue? That eighty percent statistic isn’t so far fetched after all, is it?
Even so, information and understanding is part of the problem. If you understood what gum disease is and how it sets up residence in the mouths of most human beings, you should have a much better chance to stop it, check its progress or prevent it in the first place.
Yet, so few have that level of understanding, judging by the statistics provided by oral care professionals. How can this lack of knowledge be addressed? I’ve written a book about gum disease.
In this book, I take the information I gathered along with my own personal experiences and lay the whole problem out for people in a simple to follow manner. I also help people to understand what can be done to fight back against gum disease including discussion about specific tools and products that go beyond just regular brushing and flossing.
Honestly, there is a problem with my book. It doesn’t draw you in like a good fiction novel. It could even appear too straight forward and possibly monotonous at times. The book may not be a smooth and flowing read.
That is the trade off for having an information book. I wrote it to cut to the chase and get to the point. There isn’t a lot of dancing around the subject and not a lot of flowery verbiage or prose.
Instead, I rely on readers’ desire to learn about gum disease and what can be done to fight it to keep one’s attention on the book. Frankly, if you have an active and noticeable case of gum disease, using fancy tricks to keep your attention won’t be necessary. You are going to want to know this information as you read every last page.
As the author and a person who has suffered from gum disease and gingivitis, I have to believe that this book is a benefit to every person out there. If you aren’t part of the eighty percent, then you need to prevent active gum disease from affecting your oral health. Finally, if neither of those situations applies directly to you, perhaps you have a loved one who could benefit from your new found knowledge. Therefore, you may want to know what is in the book.
This article is not meant to offer advice, it is for information purposes only. If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other oral health problems, you should visit your periodontist, doctor or dentist for diagnosis, advice and treatment.
David Snape is the author of What You Should Know about Gum Disease – an important book considering that the majority of adults suffer from some form of gum disease. David also answers questions on any health, fitness or wellness topic at his blog: http://tobeinformed.com – David believes in oral irrigation to help fight against gum disease and that the premiere oral irrigation device on the market is the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator.