The American Dental Association (ADA) recently reported that nearly 50% of all Americans are suffering from some sort of oral and dental disease or condition, with the overwhelming majority of those individuals suffering from periodontal diseases.
Combine that with the fact that 37,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer, that millions will be diagnosed with herpes, and that the soft tissue of our mouths are prone to infection more than maybe anywhere else on our body and it’s easy to see why so many have to seek out the help of dental professionals, like ours here at Rotary Way Oral Surgery, to combat these issues each year.
Common Dental Diseases and Conditions
While certainly not the most common type of cancer, there are many that believe oral cancer to be one of the most dangerous, and certainly one of the deadliest forms of this insidious disease. Responsible for about 8,000 deaths annually (with a five-year mortality rate north of 59%) it’s important that you get an early diagnosis, improving your odds to fight and beat oral cancer going forward. You can do this through regular visits to your dentist and having any unusual spots or lumps in your mouth checked out right away.
Easily the most commonplace of all the dental diseases and conditions Americans (and all people around the world, for that matter) are suffering from, periodontal disease, impacts more than 100 million people in the US each year – many of them struggling with this condition without even realizing it.
One of the main contributors to adult tooth and bone loss can be a precursor to much more significant and serious oral diseases and needs to be addressed ASAP.
As highlighted above, the soft, moist, warm environment of our mouths is a breeding ground for bacteria – especially when you consider the fact that you are usually flooding it with food (especially sugar) that allows bacteria to really flourish.
The overwhelming majority of oral infections are relatively easy to combat, but it’s still important that you seek out dental professionals as soon as you notice and infection taking hold so that you can address it quickly and avoid more serious complications.
Diagnosis and Treatment
There are a variety of different signs and symptoms of oral disease that you’ll want to be on the lookout for, but generally, these are the kinds of things that your dentist will be able to diagnose during your regular annual/semiannual checkups.
If you notice something that feels “off” in your mouth, though, you should contact experts like those at Rotary Way Oral Surgery for a more in-depth diagnosis.
Are dental infections contagious?
A lot of the more common dental infections can in fact be contagious which is why you need to address them as soon as possible.
Can gum disease be cured and reversed?
Plenty of people are under the impression that gum disease, especially gum loss, is a “permanent” condition – but nothing could be further from the truth. There are a variety of solutions available to not only cure periodontal diseases but also to promote growth in the gum tissue that has receded or has been lost in the past.