Periodontal Disease


Gum Health Is Important

The health of your gums will eventually affect the health of your whole body. Good gums will help produce good health, and bad gums will eventually produce bad health. Gum disease that is ignored will spread throughout the body in one way or another.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Problems?

Gum disease, usually called periodontal disease in the dentist’s office, can have several possible indicators. Red or bleeding gums can mean gum disease. Some people with gum disease experience consistent bad breath as a result. Others may see their gums starting to pull away from their teeth. For some patients, the indicator of gum disease is that some of their permanent teeth seem loose. Another tip off to gum disease can be an unexplained realignment of their teeth.

What Causes Gum Problems?

The chief contributor to gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Of course, this is a situation that is easily treated by simply implementing a consistent daily oral hygiene program. However, some patients who are very faithful to oral hygiene still experience periodontal problems. Other contributing factors include hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy, puberty, or increased levels of stress. Some medications can have a side effect of gum problems. Nutritional deficiencies can also have a definite negative impact on gums.

The positive news is that the issues are typically treatable. Make sure to consult with your dentist if you see any of these symptoms. A variety of effective treatments are available.