Gum Disease: Do You Have This Silent Disease?
When people think about issues they might experience with their mouth, most of them immediately think of tooth decay. If a friend or family member tells you they need to have dental work completed due to an issue, it’s not uncommon that the assumption would be a cavity, root canal or something of that nature. There is another silent disease that can actually cause more problems with not only the mouth but the entire body as well—gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the most common disease in the United States, affecting more than half of American adults. It is an irritation and infection in and around the gums and can range from minor symptoms, like bleeding gums when brushing, to severe symptoms, such as loose teeth. Gum disease can be seen in two forms, one more severe than the other.
This milder form of gum disease is more common and affects a large percentage of the adult population. Many times, this form of gum disease remains undetected, as there is usually no discomfort to signal that it is developing in the mouth. If gingivitis remains untreated for an extended period of time, it will eventually turn into something more severe.
When gingivitis remains untreated, it can transform into periodontitis. We are hopeful that you have visited our office before this begins, as it can cause many problems with your teeth, jawbone, as well as your entire body. Harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream, causing issues with your blood sugar, and can lead to heart and respiratory disease.
Although gum disease is silent, there are certain warning signs that indicate it is time to schedule an appointment to have your mouth evaluated. Look out for signs such as:
- Swollen or irritated gums
- Gums that are excessively red
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
- Unexplained bad breath
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
It is extremely important that you visit our office regularly, as we always look for signs of gum disease during your examination. Also, be sure to brush twice daily, floss, and use mouthwash to help with your oral hygiene. Maintaining proper oral hygiene helps fight gum disease.
If you are noticing any of the warning signs mentioned above or if you have not visited our office in the past 6 months for a hygiene examination, call to schedule an appointment today at our office located in West Chester, OH. We look forward to seeing you soon!