Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common dental problems in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 47% of the American adult population have periodontal disease; while the U.S. National Library of Medicine states that around 50% of American adults have gingivitis, which is a precursor to the more severe periodontitis. These are extremely troubling numbers since gum disease is known to be the top cause of tooth loss amongst adults.
Some of the common treatments for gum disease include surgical procedures like bone grafting, tissue grafting, and pocket reduction surgery, while scaling and root planting are also viable nonsurgical solutions. However, these invasive treatments make some people uncomfortable.