Gum Disease Affects 47% of Americans - Here's How to Prevent It

47% of Americans have Gum Disease!

That's enough people to fill 2,000 football stadiums or reach halfway to the moon standing on top of one another's shoulders!
Let's hear about it from Danny Diaz, a dental hygienist who produces hilarious (and educational!) dental content. 
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissue and bone that support the teeth. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus (the space where the teeth and gums meet) develops into a pocket that is greater than three millimeters.
What are some signs that you might have it?
Signs and symptoms of gum disease include inflammation of the gums, bleeding gums, painful chewing and swollen soft tissue. Unfortunately, most people think bleeding or swelling of gums when brushing their teeth is a normal thing. 
How can we prevent it?
Regular checkups are important. During an examination, your gums are evaluated for periodontal disease.
You can help prevent gum disease by brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner once a day. 
For more tips on how to prevent gum disease (and general dental hygiene shenanigans) follow Danny through the link below!