Periodontitis or gum disease has always been a problem that effects people all over the world.
A study from the Journal of Dental Research recently showed that severe gum disease was the “sixth most prevalent condition in the world in 2010”. It showed that 743 million people are affected by periodontitis and that number remains consistent over the past 20 years.
The great news is that today there are many alternatives to traditional cut and stitch surgery of the past to treat gum disease. With the advent of lasers, today dentists are able to stop gum disease in its tracks and even reverse the loss of bone that is associated with periodontitis and cause that bone to re-grow back around teeth that once were hopeless or needed to be extracted. I weekly seen patients who have had this new treatment for gum disease and they are healthy and their gums are infection free.
I’m glad to live in the day that we live, with the advances and benefits available to all of us.