Gum disease is an alarmingly common problem among US adults. With over 3 million new cases diagnosed each year, it’s one of the most prevalent oral health issues faced today. Detection and treatment is important, as untreated gum disease can lead to serious health issues including heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and more. The extent of damage caused by the disease is directly correlated to how long it remains untreated.
If your mouth is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it could be a warning sign of early stages of periodontal disease. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our doctor.
1. An Increase in Related Health Issues
Periodontal disease is shown to be directly correlated to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, it could be tied to untreated periodontal issues.
2. Frequent Bleeding
If you experience regular, unexplained bleeding of the gums while brushing, flossing, or eating, it could be a sign of periodontal infection.
3. Gum Recession
As the bacteria that causes periodontal disease infects your gums, it can cause them to recede. Eventually, the bacteria can reach your jawbone and lead to greater infection and loss of teeth.
4. Chronic Bad Breath
If you experience chronic bad breath despite your best efforts to relieve it, it may be caused by untreated infection or gum disease.
5. Swollen or Sensitive Gums
If your gums are frequently swollen, irritated, or sensitive without explanation, it could be a sign of a building infection under the surface.
6. You’ve Never Visited a Periodontist
The CDC estimates that nearly half of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some degree of gum disease, yet few recognize the benefits of visiting a periodontist. An oral healthcare routine that includes twice daily brushing, regular flossing, twice yearly dental cleanings, and regular periodontal exams are your best line of defense against developing periodontal disease.
If any of these signs sound familiar, you could be at risk for developing periodontal disease, or may already be affected without knowing it. Contact our office today to schedule an examination with our doctor. If signs of periodontal disease are present, we’ll recommend a treatment plan focused on protecting your oral and overall health.