If your gums are bleeding, you have gum disease. There’s no way to sugar coat it. You may be in the early stages of gum disease, which means the damage that is occurring to your teeth and gums is not yet permanent, but it’s vital you have your teeth and gums evaluated if any bleeding is occurring.
The American Academy of Periodontology says that up to 80 percent of the U.S. population has some degree of gum disease and only 10 percent are even aware of it! If these numbers don’t concern you, they should. Gum disease is the No. 1 cause of tooth loss, and the disease progresses very rapidly from the bleeding-gum stage to the tooth-loss stage.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Societyhas discovered a link between oral health problems and the risk of developing frailty in older age. The study was conducted with 1,622 men ages 71 to 92. There is no standard or universally accepted definition of frailty, so for the study, frailty was defined as having three or more of the following symptoms: weight loss, grip strength, exhaustion, slow walking speed and low physical activity. Participants of the study most at risk for frailty were those who were edentulous, which means they were missing their natural teeth, and those with dry mouth symptoms.
Missing teeth are a common problem. In fact, over 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in either one jaw or both, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Implants are the recommended treatment for a missing tooth by most dentists, and 3 million people in the United States receive implants every year. Since implants are the best option for a missing tooth, according to dentists, the success of those implants is very important.