Signs, Symptoms, & Complications of Gum Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 47.2 percent of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from periodontitis, or gum disease. That means that 64.7 million adults in the U.S. are at risk for complications associated with this condition, a growing epidemic that is highly preventable with good home hygiene and routine visits to the dentist. Knowing the symptoms of gum disease is the first step toward seeking effective treatment and protecting yourself from dangerous oral pathogens present in cases of advanced periodontitis.
How Can I Tell if I Have Gum Disease?
The only definitive way to diagnose gum disease is to visit Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists in Colorado Springs, CO. During this appointment, our doctors will carefully assess your teeth and gums for any signs of periodontal disease. The most common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Redness and swelling along the gum line
- Gum recession as the gingival tissue pulls away from the teeth
- Teeth that appear longer as roots are exposed
- Pain and/or bleeding when brushing and/or flossing
- Teeth that feel loose
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
In addition, if you notice any tenderness or unusual sensitivity to heat or cold when eating or drinking, it is possible that your gums are infected. A consultation with Dr. Haradon or Dr. Lackler will determine the underlying cause of your discomfort and, if an infection is present, we will develop a treatment plan specifically designed with your improved oral health in mind.
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Untreated gum disease can lead to a variety of serious complications, including loose or shifting teeth, exposed tooth roots, and even the loss of teeth altogether. When the supporting structures within the jaw begin to deteriorate, the face can begin to take on a sunken appearance and the pain may become debilitating. In addition to these oral health concerns, patients with periodontal disease also face an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension, stroke, dementia, and certain types of cancer.
Fortunately, periodontal therapy is an effective method of treating gum disease before it worsens. If you or someone in your family is experiencing any of the common symptoms of periodontal disease, please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule your visit to Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists, LLC today. Our team genuinely looks forward to providing you with the care you need to prevent and treat periodontal disease, thereby improving your overall health as well.