Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition that can lead to tissue and bone damage, resulting in tooth loss if left untreated. The article reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 65 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease, which has been linked to cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer?s disease and even cancer. Periodontal disease usually goes unnoticed until it is in its later stages, leaving the teeth susceptible to damage and reduced tooth support.
To help combat the disease, the AAP has created the ?Love the Gums You?re With? educational campaign to raise awareness and establish good oral care habits. The AAP recommends brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and that patients discuss oral and gum health with their dentists.
?Many people don?t know that periodontal disease is so common and often overlooked,? said Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, clinical professor and director of clinical research at New York University?s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. ?With more Americans suffering from this disease than diabetes, the AAP created "Love the Gums You?re With" to educate the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease.?