Posted on 01/02/2013 · Posted in Health Information from Affiliated Dentists

Affiliated Dentists wants to prevent you from getting gum disease.

The glimmering, beaming white of a healthy smile is a beautiful thing. Not only is it pleasant to look at, it inspires confidence on life-changing level. But, it’s important to remember what makes it possible.
A vibrant smile requires healthy gums and while many of our patients remember to take care of their teeth, they often neglect their gums. That can lead to gum disease.

The fact is, caring for your complete oral health includes both teeth and gum care. Neglecting your gums can lead to periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. And while gum disease can devastate your teeth, it can also cause problems to your overall health.

How many people does gum disease effect?

Gum disease affects 75 percent of adults over the age of 35 and it’s the cause of about 70 percent of all adult tooth loss. With symptoms of periodontal disease often times unnoticeable sufferers frequently are unaware they have gum disease.

What are the triggers of gum disease?

Gum disease is triggered by preventable factors like the use of certain medications, plaque build up, tobacco use and stress. Other unpreventable factors such as disease and fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy, puberty or menopause can also be causes. Additionally, researchers believe that up to 30 percent of people may be genetically predisposed to gum disease.

Pay attention to the symptoms.

Like many diseases periodontal disease starts small, in this case with a bacteria forming a sticky film, or plaque, on the tooth surface which causes inflammation of the gums. If the inflammation goes untreated the plaque will eventually release toxins, which degrade the natural fibers holding your gums to your teeth. This allows even more bacteria and toxins to enter. Ultimately, the plaque hardens to tartar, which can’t be removed with brushing and eventually this progression can lead to severe inflammation, bone loss, tooth loss and gum recession.

Symptoms of Gum Disease include:

  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Separation between teeth
  • Changes in your bite
  • Regular bad breath

If you notice any of the above signs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and make an appointment. Gum disease can be stopped and your smile can still be brilliant.

Read more about Gum Disease here on Wikipedia.