The Many Symptoms of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease, aka “gum disease” is a serious condition that is often overlooked. When it comes to bleeding gums vs. a toothache, most people tend to focus on the tooth. That being said, it’s your gums that help to retain your tooth into place! If infection and gum disease is present, it can lead to tooth loss.
Once you start to see the following symptoms at play, it’s time to call your dentist right away:
- Gums that bleed
- Bad breath
- Receding gum lines
- Food catching between teeth during meals
- Tooth mobility
Watch Out For Gingivitis
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, swelling, and redness along the margins of your gums. In most cases, gingivitis should go aways within two weeks of regular flossing and effective tooth brushing.
When it isn’t reversible, gum disease spreads deeper inside of the tissues and into the supporting structures. Bone loss occurs, tissue detachment takes place, and the teeth start to become mobile. At this point, a deep cleaning and possible grafting are vital to saving the tooth before it’s too late.
Be careful to avoid the mentality of “my mom had it, so I am bound to as well.” Sure, genetics play a part, but most people can prevent a gum disease bacterial infection.
It’s Not Just YourSmile That Is At Risk for Gum Disease
Allowing gum disease to go untreated can strain your immune system. Scientists have already recognized that oral bacteria can spread through the blood supply to other areas of the body. Now we know that it can increase a person’s risk of problems like stroke, heart attack, premature labor, erectile dysfunction, pneumonia, diabetes, and more.
You owe it to yourself to have gum disease treated as soon as symptoms become evident, if not sooner. Bleeding gums are not normal, even if you have underlying health conditions. Come see us regularly for preventative appointments. Schedule your periodontal exam at Lakeview Dental Arts in Chicago, IL today!