The Taletell Signs of Gum Disease
You may have heard about gum disease, but never thought anything of it. The truth is gum disease is a bigger problem than you may think.
Chronic periodontitis or gum disease affects 47.2% of adults of in the United States. The problem with gum disease, like diabetes and high blood pressure, is can be no warning signs.
Going to your dentist appointments for check-ups is just as important as going to your primary care physician for a checkup. Doing so will ensure that gum disease is caught before there is severe destruction.47.2% of adults in the United States have gum disease. Most people have gum disease with no warning signs.Click To Tweet
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an inflammatory process caused by bacteria that destroys the jawbone that supports the teeth.
It starts off as gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums. This is caused by the bacterial toxins in plaque that irritate the gums above the gum line.
When bacteria from plaque and tartar build-up moves below the gum line, an infectious process that leads to the destruction of the jaw bone gives rise to gum disease
Over time, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress into gum disease. The inflammatory process of gum disease is not a problem of the mouth, but the entire body.
Why is gum disease a problem?
You think “Oh, it’s only in my mouth, it’s no big deal.” The big deal is that gum disease affects more than just your mouth. It can affect your overall health.
The problem with gum disease is the link that it has to other systemic diseases.
Physicians and dentist have been coming together because there is a link between gum disease and other diseases like:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Low birth weight
Recently, there is been a strong correlation between gum disease and heart disease. The bacteria in the mouth that causes the inflammatory process in gum disease has been found to found to travel and form arterial plaques that lead to a heart attack.
If I told you that you could prevent having a heart attack and dying prematurely would you want to know how?
Signs of gum disease
First, pay attention to any of these signs of gum disease:
- bad breath
- bleeding gums
- loose teeth
- bad taste in your mouth
- gums pulling back from your teeth
- red, swollen, tender gums
What your dentist will use to determine if you have gum disease
See your dentist and mention any of the above signs to your dentist or hygienist. The dentist or hygienist will evaluate your gums. Some determinants used to determine if you have gum disease are:
The dentist and hygienist will also take into account some of the following risk factors into consideration:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Crooked teeth (that are hard to clean)
- Use of tobacco products
At the same time, you are given the diagnosis of gum disease, you will also be presented with treatment options depending on the severity.
Be sure to follow the treatment options to keep the risk of developing other systemic diseases. Also be sure to ask questions if you are still unclear on treatment or home care to improve the state of your gums.
With lots of love,