The most common form of bone loss is not osteoarthritis or osteoporosis – it’s periodontal or gum disease. And with three-quarters of the population expected to experience it you can imagine the costs associated with it.
Because it’s painless most people don’t realize it’s going on until it’s too late. By the time they decide to go to the dentist or end up at the periodontal gum specialist, they’ve actually lost significant amounts of bone. They may even lose their teeth and require dental implant placement or dentures.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Bleeding gums is a sign but it will come and go – periodontal disease is episodic, like all inflammatory diseases. There will be periods where it’s very active and periods where it’s quiet – and a lot of people will just ignore it.
Eventually, teeth will start to shift, to move around. There will be pain on chewing or teeth will actually start to become loose. And when the teeth become loose it’s almost too late at that point.