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December 14, 2021
Gum (periodontal) disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the hard and soft structures that support the teeth.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Tooth loss may affect the ability to chew food and can get worse with the number and type of missing teeth—affecting a person’s diet quality.
Diabetes, tobacco use, a weakened immune system, and poor oral hygiene all increase a person’s risk for gum disease.
Mild gum disease can be controlled and treated with good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning. More severe forms can also be treated successfully with consultation and treatment.
Nearly half (46%) of all adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease; severe gum disease affects about 9% of adults.
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