Many Americans have gum disease at some level. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. Half of the patients that have periodontal disease do not even know they have it. This is why it is so important to visit your dentist semi-annually for exams and cleaning. Your dentist will be able to recognize the early signs of gum disease.
What causes periodontal disease?
Everyone has some natural bacteria in their mouth. When other particles combine with these bacteria it creates plaque. Plaque that is not properly and regularly removed will then form tartar. Tartar is harder to remove and will cause Gingivitis. Gingivitis is what then leads to gum disease.
Can any habits increase my risk of gum disease?
There are some things that research has discovered that can increase a person’s risk to developing gum disease. Below are those factors.
- Periods of hormonal change
- Taking medications
- Family history of gum disease
- Other illnesses
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
The signs that show you may have gum disease are:
- Gums that are swollen or red
- Gums that are tender or bleeding
- Receding gums
- Consistent halitosis
- The existence of pain when you are chewing
- Teeth that are loose or overly sensitive
Any of these symptoms that you notice need to be address. Visit your dentist for a thorough exam to determine if gum disease is the cause. Treating gum disease early is always best and will benefit your overall dental health.