A lot of people have been wondering, why did the Surgeon General label gum disease as a ‘silent epidemic’ a while back? It is something we all need to wonder about, so that we can inform ourselves about the issue. Gum disease can lead to serious health problems. It can lead to problems which can ultimately result in death. There is absolutely no reason to take that kind of risk where your health is concerned.
So, why is gum disease considered a silent epidemic? It is not just because it can cause you to lose your teeth. It is not just because it can lead to heart disease. It is not just because gum disease has even been linked to certain types of cancer and other potentially fatal conditions and problems.
This is a silent epidemic because so many people have it without even realizing it. It is a silent epidemic because the symptoms are so innocuous in the beginning that it is far too easy for people to ignore them.
It is thus imperative that you go to great pains to take care of yourself and your teeth. Naturally, twice yearly checkups with your dentist are a must. Your dentist will be able to identify and diagnose gum disease in some of its earliest stages, when it is still reversible – but only if he or she has the chance. If you do not visit your dentist, your dentist cannot help you.
You also have some responsibility yourself. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals. You also need to floss. A lot of people underestimate the importance of flossing. However, it is a crucial weapon in the battle against gum disease.
How can you tell if you might have gum disease? First and foremost, check for blood when you brush and floss. That can be the first sign of gingivitis. Red gums, swollen gums, and sore, tender gums are signs as well.
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Scott Wells recommends the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease for those seeking more information on this topic. ISBN: 978-0981485508
Disclaimer: If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health problem, please visit your doctor or periodontist for advice, diagnosis and treatment. This article is for information purposes only and does not intend to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment for any health condition.