The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have determined that, in 2010, severe periodontitis was the sixth most prevalent health condition in the world, affecting 743 million people worldwide.
The prevalence increases gradually with age, and can be fully involved before the age of 40.
Signs of periodontitis (gum inflammation that has spread deep enough to also affect the bone underneath the gums around the teeth) are:
- bleeding gums
- red, smooth surface instead of pink and stippled
- puffy, swollen gums
- gums that peal away from the tooth
- shifting or loosening of teeth
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
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