Gum disease, in some form, will affect the majority of American adults at least once in their lifetime. This is a big deal because gum disease has scientifically-proven connections to other health problems such as pregnancy complications, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s.
Are you at risk?
Take a look at the following five warning signs of gum disease (periodontitis) to get an idea of how your gums are doing.
Periodontal disease happens when specific bacteria trigger inflammation in the gums and ligaments around teeth. The inflammation can also advance to the surrounding bone tissue.
When all these tissues break down from the infection, it can cause a very strong odor.
Bleeding during gentle brushing or flossing is not normal! It’s a sign that the gum tissues are inflamed and sensitive from the presence of bacteria in dental plaque.
As gums are infected by bacteria, the inflammation can make them look puffy, shiny, and darker in color. This swelling can eventually cause them to pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the roots.
The loss of gum tissue, ligaments, and bone mean that the teeth lose supports that hold them in place. Loose adult teeth are never a good sign! Periodontal disease can result in total tooth loss.
As gums swell and recede, teeth are exposed to the outside world and are very sensitive. Periodontal disease doesn’t always hurt, but sensitive gums and teeth can be a sign.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your family dentist without delay!
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