Poor oral health can have serious adverse effects on people’s lives – both functional and cosmetic. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to a host of problems, including tooth and bone loss.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 10-15% of adults worldwide suffer from advanced periodontal disease. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans age 30 or older have periodontal disease, including periodontitis, with the prevalence increasing to 70% for adults age 65 and older.
While professional procedures do exist, traditional periodontal treatments such as scaling and root planing can be quite painful, and may require frequent and regular follow-up treatments.