Gum Disease: What is it?

Periodontal-DiseaseGum disease–also called Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissues that surround and support each tooth.  It affects over 50 million Americans; most of whom are not seeking treatment because in its early stages it is a silent and painless disease.  Its early stage is called gingivitis.  Left untreated it will develop into periodontitis and tooth loss.

Periodontitis is linked with a higher risk of stroke and heart attack!

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria ( a sticky, colorless film that forms on the teeth and surface lining of the mouth) and when this bacteria remains unremoved, they create toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums and causes inflammation.

If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms, you could be at risk for gum disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily.
  • Red, swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste.
  • Teeth that are loose or separating.
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  • Any changes in the fit of partial or full dentures.

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