Gum Disease: The Silent Signs
By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on November 04, 2015
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and increase your risk of heart attack or stroke and can cause other serious health problems.
There are many forms of periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis is the most common, which mainly effects adults but can also affect children as well.
It’s important to understand that the sooner you seek care for gum disease, the better your chances are of reversing the damage, relieving the symptoms as well as preventing further damage or other serious health conditions.
Our oral health can and does affect our overall health and the communities of Jackson need to know that.
For the best prevention, have regular dental visits and cleanings, and look for these signs:
- Bright read gums (sometimes purplish in color)
- Tender gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Teeth that are loosening
- New spaces in between teeth
- Swollen gums
If you are concerned that you may have signs of gum disease, see you dentist right away and ask about a screening. Gum disease can be painful and could have greater health affects, but the good news is, it is treatable!
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