Periodontal Disease and your overall Wellness

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that attacks the gums and bone that support your teeth. The word periodontal even means “around the tooth,” and plaque likes to gather in these areas, where you can’t reach it with a brush, and turn into calculus (tartar). If these two substances aren’t removed from around your tooth, periodontal disease results.

Nearly four in five people are suffering from some level of periodontal disease without even realizing it.

The immediately recognizable symptoms include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, but since it isn’t usually painful in the early stages, may people put off their treatment.

However, gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss, and recent research is even showing that it may be directly connected to other diseases and health conditions, including stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk during pregnancy.

What we have learned is that the inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease can have an effect on your overall wellness, potentially contributing to these systemic diseases and conditions.

Being Proactive

You can fight back against periodontal disease by maintaining good oral hygiene, sticking to a balanced diet, and keeping your regular visits to our office. We’ll be able to spot the early warning signs of this disease and start providing the treatments you need.

Watch for the Symptoms

There are several common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease. If you notice any of these, be sure to contact us as soon as possible.

  • Bleeding gums – Healthy gums won’t bleed, even if after brushing vigorously or using floss.
  • Receding gums – Are you seeing more of your teeth than before?
  • Red and puffy gums – Your gums should be nice and pink, never red or swollen.
  • Persistent bad breath – This is caused by all the bacteria building in the mouth.
  • Loose teeth – As you lose bone structure, your teeth will start to get loose.
  • Tenderness or discomfort – The plaque and tartar can start irritating your gums and teeth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – This is a sign of an infection.

Don’t wait to get checked out if you spot any of these symptoms. Contact The Danna Smile today to set up an appointment and get the treatments you need for complete wellness.