A healthy mouth begins with healthy gums. Even if you have beautiful pearly whites and no cavities, you still run the risk of developing periodontal disease – also known as gum disease. Because gum disease can be painless early on, it often goes unchecked and untreated.
Tender, Bleeding, Red, or Swollen Gums
Your gums may be inflamed.
Your teeth appear larger because the inner layer of the gum and bone are pulling away from the teeth.
Your bite may feel different or teeth may be shifting.
You may experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold beverages.
Your breath stinks because bacterial toxins are irritating your gums.
Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal (Gum) disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but it also has been shown to raise the risk factor for several potential health issues including stroke and heart disease. Left untreated, it may lead to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually recession.
The Stages of Periodontal Disease
Stage 1 – Gingivitis
Inflammation from bacteria may cause gums to be red, swell, and bleed. If you have any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you contact the Liberty team to set up an appointment.
While gum disease typically begins with gingivitis, half of Americans aged 30 and above (64 million) have a more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Stage 2 – Periodontitis
Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the next stage. Periodontitis occurs when gums begin to separate from the teeth leading to infected pockets. Toxins from the bacteria combined with the body’s response to the infection can erode supporting bone and tissue, eventually causing tooth loss.
Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease can preserve the health of your teeth and gums and prevent more serious health concerns. If you are currently experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, please contact Liberty Family Dentistry today to set up an appointment.