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Periodontal disease needs to be tackled as soon as you notice it. Here’s why.

We heard a very interesting article on the radio yesterday about the nature of flu. A doctor was talking to the presenter about how it can become much more commonplace around the Christmas period, partly because of so many people flying into the country for the holiday season, and bringing their ‘foreign germs’ with them.

In the course of a quite engrossing discussion, he claimed that the flu was the most common illness in the world, which immediately made our ears prick up. WE believe, as you know, that gum disease – also known as periodontal disease -  is the most common illness in the world, a fact that we’ve pointed to many times in this blog.

And to give you an example of just how common gum disease is, figures in America suggest that eight out of ten people may be suffering from it at any given moment.

This may seem hard to believe, but the fact of the matter is that gum disease exists in a number of states – from very mild to extremely serious, when you need to go to your dentist for periodontal treatment.

Gum disease, like many ailments in the human body, is caused by bacteria. And remember that every single one of us has millions of bacteria in our body – some good, and some bad.

The bacteria who live in the mouth can rightly be described as ‘baddies’. They are not powerful enough to attack the hard substances of your teeth, but they find a cunning way to do damage – by attacking the gums which support the teeth. And it goes without saying that if your gums lose their structural integrity, then even healthy teeth will fall out eventually.

We’re aware that what we’re saying may seem a tad unbelievable. Surely 80% of us couldn’t be walking around with a serious disease, you may say. Thankfully, most of us are experiencing gum disease at a very mild level. This can happen after as little as a few days of a poor dental hygiene regime.

The reason for this is that bacteria multiply at a frightening rate, and if not ‘disturbed’ on a regular basis, they can start to wreak havoc. Dentists estimate that 12 hours is enough for bacteria to start causing mischief, and this is why they recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.

And remember that your toothpaste needs to have an anti-bacterial property if it’s to tackle this problem. Don't be overly impressed by those extravagant claims on the packaging of your favourite toothpaste – just make sure that it says anti-bacterial in the box.

By brushing and flossing regularly, you will nip gum disease in the bud, and avert a situation where you have to make an appointment with a periodontist for treatment.

If you feel that you may be experiencing the more serious stages of gum disease and would like to know more, here's a helpful article to help you on your way -