Gum Disease Awareness Month

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During the month of February, the dental community raises awareness about gum disease. Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can easily hide behind a beautiful white smile. Paying attention to the appearance of your teeth is great, but it is important to not forget about your gums. The best way to care for your gums, is to floss every day. Flossing removes bacteria build up between your teeth, preventing your gums from becoming inflamed and swollen. If you’re not flossing, you are missing 1/3 of the surface area of each tooth.

Periodontal Disease Correlates with Overall Health

Your gums that surround your teeth are a barrier. Their role is to prevent any inflammation from damaging your body. There are several other diseases and sickness that is related to gum disease, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature births
  • Low-birth weight babies.

It hasn’t been determined what the exact link is between gum disease and other diseases that come as a result in your body. Experts have a theory that the bacteria that grows in your mouth from sugary and starchy foods get into your bloodstream and affects major organs. The most common symptom that is revealed between gum disease and heart disease, for example is inflammation. Inflammation in your gums is an indicator of gum disease and could perhaps cause inflammation throughout your whole body. Inflammation is evident and an underlying problem in heart disease and other diseases in the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

There are a few signs and symptoms that if you are aware of, you may be able to prevent further damage to your gums.

  • Red, tender and swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Any bleeding after flossing
  • Constant halitosis (bad breath)
  • Indication of pus forming in the gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Sore or any pain in your mouth

The biggest key to aid in the prevention of gum disease, is to practice perfect oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months in order to diagnose and provide proper treatment. At any time during your oral care routine, you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with your dentist and create an action plan before it gets any worse. Call us today if you have any questions.