If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease and is a major cause of tooth loss in adult.
The bacteria that cause gum disease have been linked to some serious health problems including heart disease, osteoporosis, pregnancy problems (premature and low birth weight babies), poor circulation and diabetes.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that affects your jawbone and its ability to support your teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
Periodontal (gum) disease is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease.
Warning signs of periodontal disease:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing, or eating
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to -look longer than before
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Persistent bad breath or taste
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Changes in how a partial denture fits
Talk to us if you have any of these signs or you are concern about the connection between gum disease and your overall health.
Tell us if you have a family member with gum disease. It is often genetic and possible for the bacteria that cause gum disease to be transferred through close contacts.
Retaining your teeth directly dependents on your proper periodontal care and maintenance. Regular check-ups and cleanings every three to six months will stop gum disease and related health problems.