Did you know that 47% of adults over age 30 have gum disease? That number increases to 70% among adults over age 65! Gum disease or periodontitis is linked to chronic inflammation and increases the risk of heart disease, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cancer…and the list goes on.
Good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing can reduce your risk for gum disease. However, some food debris and bacteria can accumulate under the gums or harden and stick to the teeth. You should see your hygienist at least twice per year for a professional cleaning to remove this debris and keep your gums and body healthy.