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Healthy gums will help promote a healthy body. Diseased gums, technically called periodontal disease, may be indicated by symptoms such as red or bleeding gums, consistent bad breath, abnormally loose permanent teeth, or gums pulling away from your teeth. The good news is that periodontal disease can usually be treated and healthy gums can be restored.

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. In fact, gum disease is linked with conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Problems?

Gum disease, usually called periodontal disease by dentists, can have several possible indicators. Red or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, or gums that appear to be pulling away from the teeth are all signs that you may have periodontal disease. For some patients, another indicator of gum disease is that some of their permanent teeth seem loose. Because the primary cause of tooth loss is gum disease, it is important to treat it as soon as symptoms present.

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, certain medications, and nutritional deficiencies.

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.

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