Why Gum Disease and Gingivitis?

Yes, I totally get it.  This could be viewed as a rather bizarre topic for a blog.  I understand that.

However, gum disease afflicts a large portion of the world’s people.  Whether people know it or not, whether people are aware that they have it or not, the effects are felt.

Consider that many dental professionals believe that about 75% of the population has some right now!   That would equate to 3 out of every 4 people.

What are the main effects?  Lost gum tissue and lost teeth.  I think that given a choice, most people would prefer to keep their teeth for a lifetime of good service, agreed?

Well, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.  Gingivitis is just the beginning stage.  The two names are simply describing the same disease process.  The same goes for the term: periodontal disease.

Yes, some people make the distinction that gingivitis is less severe and periodontal disease is more severe and there are even levels and degrees of periodontal disease.  However, they are all the same disease process.  They are the same problem manifesting to different degrees.

I wrote a book on this topic called:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease – A Layman’s Guide to Fighting Gum Disease.   The book is available in both paperback and ebook form.      In addition, a shorter guide, called How To Stop Gum Disease in 4 Easy Steps is also available.  

Writing a book doesn’t make me an expert.  I am not one.  I am not a dental professional and I’m not a scientist.   But I have some basic understandings to share and I am able to share my own personal experiences.

Gingivitis and Gum Disease are a problem that society faces.  It is a quiet disease process.  Some refer to it as a silent epidemic (because so many are afflicted and unaware).  Often, people only become aware after significant damage has occurred.  Wouldn’t it be great to nip it in the bud before reaching that point?

Awareness is necessary.  Some people, however, already know they have a problem. Those who know are most likely to find this blog.  That’s just the way life works.  Most people won’t be searching for answers until they feel the weight of the problem at their doorstep.

To inform and possibly help, as well as to raise awareness, is the goal and aim here.

Of course, you should definitely be under the care of a good periodontist or doctor if you have or think you might have gum disease, gingivitis, periodontal disease or any other health related problem.

Periodontists are the best trained for this particular problem and that is why I name them here.   You’ll want to pick a good one.   Look for one that doesn’t just want to pull a tooth and install an implant.  Instead, look for one that is interested in saving your tooth or teeth.  They have advanced skills in this area.  You have to ask questions to find a good one.  It’s easier and more lucrative to pull and implant.  But, try to find a professional who wants to save your teeth.  Again, they have the skills.   Just find the right one.  That might mean asking a lot of questions.  But it is worth it to save, rather than lose a tooth.  No substitute is going to be as good as your original healthy tooth.

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