Here are the top five most common dental disease types and how they affect people, according to a new study.
Dentists around the country report an increasing number of patients with infections, including gum disease, gum disease-related gum disease (GID-DRG), gum disease and chronic gingivitis.
These conditions affect up to 60 million people in the U.S., with the majority of those affected by gum disease.
The study also shows that the most frequently diagnosed dental disease was tooth filling and filling-related conditions.
“It’s really important to understand the link between tooth filling, gingival inflammation, tooth decay and tooth loss,” says Dr. Andrew E. Stelzer, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Southern California and author of the study.
“The more we understand, the more we can help people avoid future health complications and avoid further health issues.”
What causes dental decay?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most commonly reported cause of dental decay is gum disease: gum disease causes swelling of the gums, inflammation of the dental pulp, and a buildup of plaque.
People with gum disease can develop a condition called chronic ggingival inflammation (CGII) that makes their gums more susceptible to the spread of gum disease bacteria.
They may also develop gum disease after a dental procedure, such as filling the mouth.
The condition is most commonly found in people over 50, and it can be caused by two different bacteria: Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus.
It’s also the most prevalent cause of oral and maxillofacial cancer, according the CDC.
How common are dental infections?
According the CDC, more than 1 million Americans are infected with the bacteria that causes gum disease every year.
About 20 million of those cases are diagnosed in children under the age of 5.
Most people with dental problems do not experience any significant side effects from their infections.
The most common side effects are tooth pain, gum swelling, gum irritation and tooth pain.
The CDC says that oral infections in adults may include: tooth pain