Know Your Risk for Gum Disease
If you are like many of the people in the U.S. that have periodontal disease, it’s important to be aware of risks and symptoms to preserve the longevity of your teeth. Some may refer to periodontal disease as a silent killer because it can creep up on you. Unless you are going for regular general dentistry cleanings, you may neglect the mild symptoms that truly suggest the advent of a much bigger problem to come. The signs of periodontal disease can have a snow ball effect, creating both oral health issues and contributing medical conditions later on. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s important to read on!
- Bleeding gums while tooth brushing or performing normal daily activities.
- Sensitive, swollen, or red gums.
- Bad breath, also known as halitosis.
- Pus or debris between the teeth.
- Gum recession
- Tooth sensitivity
- Teeth that are loose or have shifted.
Gum disease may start as gingivitis which is a bacterial infection of oral tissues that may not be noticeable to you, and only detectable by a dentist. In fact, most people have biofilms to a certain degree which consists of layers of bacteria pathogens, fungi and toxins in the mouth. When biolflms penetrate pockets between gum tissue and the teeth, periodontal disease can occur.
The next stage is periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease or gum disease. At the onset of this stage, the tissues surrounding the teeth become inflamed. When left untreated, bacteria produce toxins that ultimately destroy connective tissue and bone. In fact, so many people disregard the initial signs of gum disease that the condition has fast become the leading cause of tooth loss. As well, the Center for Disease Control has determined that there is a clear link between diabetes, stroke and heart attack with gum disease.
The good news is that there many ways to prevent and treat periodontal disease. It’s important to manage the bacterial condition of your mouth so that symptoms do not progress. Don’t wait! Investigate! Reap the rewards of a cleaner healthier mouth and fresher breath!
If you are concerned about periodontal disease, call Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas dentist at (512) 452-9296. Dr. Sweeney offers advanced technology for early detection and treatment of periodontal disease. He is also certified in biofilm treatment.