Everything you need to know about Periodontal Disease
True or False: Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar.
TRUE – Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar”.
True or False: Tartar can be removed by brushing your teeth.
FALSE – Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.
True or False: Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
TRUE – Periodontal disease causes your gums to recede and your teeth to come loose. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.
True or False: 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
TRUE – 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. And, periodontal disease increases with age. 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.
True or False: Periodontal disease is more common in women than in men.FALSE – This condition is more common in men than women (56.4% vs 38.4%), those living below the federal poverty level (65.4%), those with less than a high school education (66.9%), and current smokers (64.2%)