- November 4, 2014
More and more people all over the world are suffering from varying degrees of poor oral health. Millions are grappling with the early stages of oral health problems — discomfort, irritation, inflamed and swollen gums — while others contend with full-blown periodontal disease. And things aren’t getting better. They’re getting worse.
A New Study Shows Ancient Romans Had Healthier Gums
Somehow, Ancient Romans — who literally lived thousands of years ago — managed to have healthier gums than modern-day Americans and Britons. In one study, scientists examined the skulls of 303 Ancient Romans and “only 5% showed signs of moderate to severe gum disease,” according to The Independent. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 47% — or nearly half — of all Americans suffer from early to late stages of gum disease. One-third of Britons currently have symptoms of periodontal disease. These findings are shocking, especially given the simple fact that Ancient Romans did not have modern dental treatments and fluoride toothpaste.
What Can You Do Prevent Gum Disease?
There are several things we can do to ultimately fix this problem, however — and it’s possible even with the most affordable dentists. Take crucial steps, like finding a good dentist and/or affordable dentists, and treating improper bites and misaligned teeth while children are still young. Why? Local dentists reveal that, without proper treatment, misaligned teeth can lead to several long-term health problems, like dental decay and periodontal disease. Most general dentists recommend having kids’ teeth evaluated at age 10, or the youngest possible age that crowding and improper bites start to show.
Another simple — yet effective — precaution? Throw out your microbead toothpaste. The toothpastes will be officially off the shelves in about a year or so, but — if you have been using them — the best dentists, including tooth whitening dentists and walk in dentists, have all seen patients with the tiny blue beads stuck in their gum line, where they can become irritated and cause further problems, like infections and gum disease.
Gum disease is treatable and preventable — if patients actively do something about it. Treat dental problems as young as possible, and use fluoride toothpastes (without the microbeads!) to keep your whole smile — including your gums — healthy.