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How to Avoid These Gradually Forming ‘G’ Conditions

Man holding cheek in pain.
Red, swollen gums. Bad breath. Sensitive teeth. If you’re experiencing any of these, you may have periodontal or gum disease. This inflammatory condition affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half (47.2%) of American adults have mild to severe periodontal disease.

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth, which attract harmful bacteria. The condition develops gradually over time and can be prevented by practicing scrupulous oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist for routine dental exams. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss, chronic bad breath (halitosis), and permanent tooth loss.

How to Prevent It

Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day; floss at least once a day; and stay on top of your preventive dental visits.

The ‘Silent Thief of Sight’

Referred to as the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma consists of a group of disorders that cause slow and irreversible loss of vision that can lead to blindness. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, OAG is the most common form of glaucoma, accounting for 90% of all glaucoma cases.

Our eyes have small drainage canals that assist in regulating our eye pressure. OAG occurs when fluid drains too slowly from the eye and results in pressure building up. If OAG isn’t treated, it can lead to blindness. Like periodontal disease, OAG develops gradually over time and can be prevented with routine eye exams.

Other tips for preventing glaucoma include wearing eye protection and being aware of your family’s medical history.

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