One of the most common oral health issues is gum disease. It’s also a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) estimates that approximately three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, which ranges from mild cases of gingivitis to the more severe form known as periodontitis. If you have gingivitis, you may need more than one visit to effectively clean your teeth. Early periodontitis often requires deep cleanings with local anesthesia.
If you develop advanced periodontitis, you may need dental surgery:
Learn more about gum disease prevention and treatment.