Top Signs You Have Periodontal Disease
Our mouths are full of bacteria. It doesn’t matter what you eat or drink, there is always going to be some form of bacteria setting up shop on your teeth, along your gums and everywhere else you could possibly imagine. These bacteria, combined with mucus and other gross particles, form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. If left untreated, it can become a problem which could then form into something you don’t want – periodontitis, or gum disease. How do you know if you have periodontal disease? You will learn all there is to know about the disease and what signs to keep an eye out for. Gum disease in Colorado Springs, CO has met its match with Rocky Mountain Periodontal Specialists.
Gum Disease Overview
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 47.2 percent of Americans over the age of 30 suffer from periodontitis. That means a whopping 64.7 million adults in the U.S. are at risk for complications associated with this condition. It’s a growing epidemic, but it is not impossible to prevent. Good hygiene at home and routine visits to the dentist can keep the disease at bay. Knowing the symptoms of gum disease is important so proper treatment can be applied.
What Are The Symptoms?
The most common signs of gum disease include the following:
- 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
- Loose teeth
- Constant bad breath (halitosis)
- Tenderness or unusual sensitivity to heat or cold while eating or drinking
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s vital you schedule an immediate consultation with Dr. Haradon or Dr. Lackler to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort. If an infection is found, we will develop a customized treatment planed designed with your improved oral health and complete comfort in mind. Putting off any discomfort is not smart and can jeopardize not only your dental health, but your overall well-being.
Treating Gum Disease Is Very Important
Any discomfort you experience shouldn’t be taken lightly. It isn’t smart to put anything like that off as it can not only jeopardize your dental health, but your overall well-being. Untreated gum disease can lead to an assortment of serious complications including exposed tooth roots, shifting teeth or even the loss of teeth altogether. If the supporting structures within the jaw begin to deteriorate, the face can begin to take on a sunken appearance and the pain may be too much to handle.
As far as your overall health is concerned, periodontal disease can be a scary opponent to take on. Gum disease puts you at increased risk of:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Certain types of cancer
There is Hope with Periodontal Therapy
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, please do not hesitate to speak with our staff so we can schedule a visit. Don’t have time to call? Visit us online to request an appointment. We pride ourselves on providing you with the care you need to prevent and treat periodontal disease. Our patients are an extension of our dental family, and we always have your comfort and overall well-being in mind.