How Gum Disease Affects You
Gum disease is a common problem in American adults. This infection is a primary cause of tooth, but many people do not know they have it. This could be putting their smiles and their whole bodies at risk. Early and proper gum disease treatment can make a big different in your prognosis and help you recover fully.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
• Red, inflamed, or swollen gums
• Gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush or floss
• Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
• Gums that appear to be pulling away from your teeth
• Teeth that are loose or separating
• A change in your bite or in the fit of your dentures
Your risk of gum disease is higher if you use tobacco, have a family history of the disease, have poor dental hygiene, are pregnant, have diabetes, or use certain medications.
Gum disease has been linked to dementia, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other serious health problems. While more research is needed to better understand the links between periodontal disease and these issues, the studies do underscore the need for good oral hygiene and proper dental care. If you have any symptoms of gum disease, we can create a treatment plan and work to restore your gum health.
Noninvasive, minimally invasive, and surgical periodontal treatments are available. Early treatment is ideal whenever possible, but we can help treat gum disease at any stage and restore your healthy smile. Call us to learn more and schedule an appointment.
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