A periodontist is a type of dentist that specializes in the treatment and prevention of periodontal diseases and infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2 percent of adults over 30 years old suffer with some type of periodontal disease. The prevalence of such diseases increases with age, to the degree that they affect 70.1 percent of adults over 65 years old.
If you are suffering with periodontal disease or an oral infection, your regular dentist may recommend that you see a periodontist for specialized treatment.
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is slightly more common in men than they are in women. In particular, 56 percent of cases are men, while 38 percent of cases are women. People living in poverty, smokers, and those with less than high-school level education are also more at risk of developing periodontal infections.
Alongside tooth decay, periodontal disease is one of the most common and serious oral health concerns in the United States. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth infects soft tissues surround a tooth. If left untreated periodontal disease can lead to receding gums and premature tooth loss.
The leading cause of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene, which is why regular trips to the dentist are so important. If you take care of your teeth, you may be fortunate enough never to need a periodontist.