You may think dentist visits are all about checking on your teeth, but the truth is that your gums can give us information about your overall well-being. We’re proactive about looking for signs of periodontal disease (gum disease) and treating it in the most effective manner. Our expert team is here to assess and address any potential threats to your gums so that you can enjoy life without missing a beat.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a common affliction in both men and women of all ethnicities from teenagers to adults. Also referred to as gum disease, it’s a slow but progressive swelling of the gingiva, which destroys the bone that supports your teeth. This bone can’t be regenerated once it’s lost. Occasionally, gum disease is concentrated on one tooth or localized in a single area of the mouth, but it can also affect all teeth.
What are The Symptoms?
Gum disease is often painless until the more advanced stages, making regular checkups increasingly important for prevention. In fact, four out of five people suffer from periodontal disease and don’t even know it. Initial symptoms may include swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or odorous breath. As symptoms progress, teeth may begin to loosen, shift and eventually fall out. Your body has to constantly fight the infection, which wears down your immune system. Periodontal disease can also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, and increased risk during pregnancy.
It may sound frightening, but early detection of gum disease can make a world of difference in your overall health. Give us a call today and we’ll set up an appointment to take progressive action towards reclaiming your wellbeing.
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