Are you at risk for gum disease?
You may be surprised that almost 43% of adults over age 30 in the United States are living with gum disease. Your risk for gum disease increases as you age. Also called periodontal disease, it is usually caused by bacterial growth in your mouth and is characterized by red, swollen, tender and/or bleeding gums. Sufferers may also experience bad breath or even loose teeth that are either moving or separating—and may even cause a shift in their bite.
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as these, we want to see you as soon as possible, rather than waiting for your next dental exam.
Ways to ward off gum disease:
- Regular dental hygiene exams
- Good home care including brushing, flossing and a healthy diet
- Stop smoking or using other tobacco products
- Review your medications with your dental and medical care providers to determine if they could be affecting your gum health
Gum disease and your overall health
Gum disease is itself a disease process which demands a constant response from the body and can lead to life-altering changes such as tooth looseness and loss. Unhealthy gums harbor infections and increase inflammation in your mouth, and sometimes throughout your body. Ongoing research suggests that there is a significant connection between the health of your gums and your overall health.
Gum disease can put you at higher risk and has been linked to serious conditions including: cardiovascular disease (includes heart attack and stroke), dementia, diabetes and chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Having diabetes and/or being immuno-compromised can also keep gum disease from healing properly.