Gum Disease–A Huge Threat to Your Smile
Gum disease afflicts over 47% percent of Americans over 30, and it gets worse as we grow older. Over 70% of people over 65 suffer from this potentially devastating condition. And many of these people don’t even realize they have gum disease, an infection that can cause you to lose one or more teeth if it is not effectively treated by a dentist.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in you mouth. This bacteria feeds on the plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is the gooey film that forms on your teeth after a meal. If you don’t remove plaque through regular brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar, the rough substance that your dental hygienist scrapes off your teeth during your regular dental cleanings.
That’s why the first two steps in fighting gum disease are practicing good dental care at home and visiting your dentist for checkups at least twice a year.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Do your teeth hurt when you chew? Is it painful or does it even cause bleeding when you brush? Well, some people think that it’s normal for your gums to bleed when they brush, but it’s not. In fact, it’s probably a sign that you have gum disease, an infection that can wreak havoc on your smile if it’s not treated by a dentist. Additional symptoms of gum disease include:
- Loose teeth
- Your teeth no longer fit together when you bite down
- Pus oozes from gums
- Red, swollen, sensitive, and/or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Teeth slide around your gums
- Gums pull away from teeth, so they appear to be getting larger
- Teeth fall out
Gum Disease Causes Serious Medical Problems
Gum disease doesn’t only affect your mouth. Researchers have linked it to several serious medical issues, including:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Heart attacks
- Premature childbirth
Gum Disease Will Not Go Away on its Own
Gum disease will not go away on its own. If you suffer from any of the conditions listed above, please contact us at Gentle Dental in Haworth immediately to schedule an appointment. We have many available treatments to counteract the devastating effects of gum disease. There’s no good reason to wait.