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Posted Aug 26 2008 4:31pm
Ladies and gentlemen, start your electric toothbrushes and wind up your flossing engines. Varying degrees of periodontal disease affect approximately 200-300 million Americans. Are you one of them?

1. At least 23% of women 30-54 years of age have periodontitis.

2. Forty-four percent of women 55-90 who still have their teeth will have periodontal disease.

3. One out of three women in the United States will have none of her original teeth by the age of 65.

Periodontal diseases as a group are the number one cause of tooth loss. They are the primary cause of tooth loss in adults aged 35-years and older. A whopping 75% of the population suffers from periodontal disease in its many guises, which can be chronic (lasting a long time or recurring) or acute (extremely serious). You may not know you have it until you go to a dental professional.

Once you know it's there, it may be too late to prevent further damage, including bone loss and subsequent tooth loss. Pain associated with periodontal disease and tooth loss does not build character; it diminishes the quality of life.

The goal of periodontal treatment is to control and stop the infection. It can't always save the affected teeth. Once you begin to discuss periodontal disease with your dental professional, it may be too late to stop its progress and you may lose some or all of your teeth. If that time comes, dentures may be your only option; 1-1/2 million people get dentures every year.

There are:

· 7 types of periodontal disease

· 8 risk factors and 10 symptoms in general and specifically for women

· 6 risks it poses to our continued well being

· 12 ways to prevent it from becoming chronic or acute

· 4 risk factors and 8 symptoms of oral cancer.

Prevention is the key. Visit your dental professional at least twice a year for check-ups and professional cleaning.

What I know for sure it that it's all connected.

Saundra Goodman is the author of an inspiring and invaluable book titled Got Teeth? A Survivor's Guide, How to keep your teeth or live without them. Saundra is an expert on how to have and keep a beautiful smile, even with replacement teeth. Please visit to learn what you can do for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren and get your Free Tips.

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