You may not be aware that up to 80% of adults suffer some form of gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious matter. If left untreated, it can cause painful gums, heart disease, and other systemic problems, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Swollen or red gums. In later stages, the gum disease progresses so your gums will become infected.
- Periodontal disease can cause your gums to recede from your teeth. If this progresses, the gum disease will cause your teeth to loosen and you may even lose your tooth or teeth.
- If you see blood when you are brushing or flossing your teeth, this can be an indication that you have periodontal disease and your dental health is compromised.
- If you are noticing that your teeth don’t seem to fit together as easily or well as they used to, you may have gum disease and your dental health is being threatened.
- If you have persistent bad breath you may have gum disease. Your dental health is at risk.
- If you are a denture wearer, you may notice a change in how the dentures fit. This can be an indication that you have gum disease.
How can I avoid Periodontal Disease?
It may sound obvious, but one of the best preventions to periodontal disease and how to preserve your dental health, is to brush and floss your teeth — twice a day. Using fluoride toothpaste is a good dental health practice, no matter what your age. Also, brush your tongue. It can be a breeding ground for bacteria!
Maintenance with a dental hygienist is a must! Follow your hygienist’s recommendation on frequency of these visits, because every body handles bacteria different. What interval keeps one person healthy, may not work for another.
We want you to have a healthy and beautiful smile. If you want to know more about good dental health practices or are concerned you may have gum disease, call our Wheat Ridge, CO dental office at 303-422-8748 to schedule an appointment today!