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It is estimated by the American Dental Association that approximately 47 percent of people age 30 and over have some form of periodontal disease. The Centers for Disease Control also report that 64 percent of people 65 and over have been diagnosed with moderate-to-severe periodontal disease.

Hardened tartar at the gumline is the leading cause of periodontal disease. The constant bacterial presence leads to the inflammation and infection of the gum tissues, which is known as gingivitis. Common symptoms often include red or inflamed gums and increased bleeding during regular brushing and flossing. Many people experiencing gingivitis symptoms also complain of issues with chronic bad breath.

Without timely treatment, gingivitis can develop into the more dangerous form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. When this happens, the gums start to slowly recede from the base of your teeth, forming small pockets of bacterial infection near the roots of your teeth. In time, this can result in the loss of bone structure, which can cause the loss of an otherwise healthy tooth.

At the same time, continuing research has also found that the systemic inflammation of periodontal disease can also have an impact on your overall health. This can increase complications with diabetes, heart disease and strokes. While periodontal disease doesn’t cause these issues, it does seem to limit treatment options and lead to further complications.

If you are concerned that you might be developing periodontal disease in Parker, Colorado, you should contact your Holly B. Sletten, DMD, FAGD dentist at 720-851-1676 to explore your treatment options. Dr. Holly Sletten is thrilled to help you.