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January 30 2010

You Can Stop This, It Is Not About Aging…

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Many people believe that having periodontal (gum) disease is a problem of old age.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  You can be a young child and have a problem with the health of your gum tissue.  The reality is that damage builds up over time and it is only when people are older that they start to see the accumulated problem. 

Because they only start to recognize it later in life, it is often associated with the later stages of life.  But in reality, up to 80% of people may have some form of gum disease right now.  Your chances do increase over time.  I saw a statistic on the Mayo Clinic’s website that up to 95% of people have some form of gum disease after age 65.  Such stats do little to dispell the myth that this is a disease of aging.

So, what do you do when the majority of people will not consider that they  might have some level of gum disease right now?  Well, there is really nothing you can do. Yet, the individuals themselves could choose a different path. There are ways that go beyond brushing and flossing to improve your dental health.  If brushing and flossing were enough, would so many people end up with gum disease and need expensive treatments to mitigate the effects of the disease?  The answer is: probably not. 

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I hope that everyone can understand the truth about this problem and save their teeth as well as thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on dental work that could have been prevented!

*Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only and does not intend to advise upon, diagnose or treat any health problem whatsoever, including but not limited to gum disease. If you have or think you might have a health problem, visit your doctor or dentist for advice, diagnosis and treatment The USFDA has not evaluated statements about products in this article.