Gum disease will typically start as a condition known as gingivitis, that later develops into the more serious stages of periodontal disease. Without the proper treatment this can ultimately result in teeth falling out, and dangerous infections gathering in “pockets” that are formed from the spaces between yours gums and teeth.
Gum disease is particularly difficult for diabetics, so if you or a loved one is dealing with diabetes, we want you to know what signs you should be looking for.
What Are the Risk Factors?
At times risk factors can be things you have no control of, but sometimes you might be able to control certain risk factors. To better understand what those are here some signs and risk factors for periodontal disease.
- Women going through hormonal changes
- Genetic susceptibility
- Treatments for certain diseases such as cancer or AIDS
- Certain medications
Contact us at Red Rock Periodontics & Implantology today if you are concerned about the risks of gum disease and want to learn more ways to eliminate it.
What Should I Watch For?
Watch for the following symptoms if you are concerned that you have periodontal disease:
- Sensitive teeth
- Loose teeth
- Swollen or red gums
- Painful chewing
- Teeth appear longer
- Receding gums
- Bad breath that you can’t get rid of
- Bleeding or tender gums
Either of these symptoms can be taken as signs that you are having a serious problem or that you are more likely to develop one. Several other serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes are linked to gum disease. Keeping your mouth clean is a crucial part of keeping your entire body healthy and we would like to help you learn the best ways to do both.
Our dental experts strongly advise brushing and flossing regularly, and cleaning and checking your teeth at least twice a year. Please inform your oral health care provider about any risk factors or pre-existing conditions to ensure the treatment plan is effective.
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