Don’t let Gum Disease go untreated
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent and most preventable diseases today, and is estimated to affect over half of the American adult population. You heard correct, over half! According to the CDC, one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. And the worst part is, often times it goes undiagnosed, and untreated.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infectious disease of the mouth, caused by the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums in the absence of proper oral hygiene – regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. Gums may become swollen, red, irritated, and bleed. Over time, residual plaque hardens into tartar, which can irritate gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede, and can eventually lead to tooth loss, and other systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease.
How do I know if I have Gum Disease?
Gum disease signs and symptoms include:
- Red, swollen, or puffy gums
- Gums bleed when brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste or odor in the mouth
What happens if Gum Disease goes untreated?
Some of the most common and dangerous misconceptions about gum disease are:
- “Everyone’s gums bleed sometimes”
The fact of the matter is, gums should never bleed. If they do, this is a warning sign of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing, you should contact your Destin dentist, or Panama City Beach dentist as soon as possible.
- “They’re just my gums, no big deal”
While the gums may be small in scale, the truth is, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. If left untreated gum disease can have devastating effects on not just your oral health, but your overall and systemic health and wellness. Some long-term effects of gum disease include:
- Tooth loss
- Gum recession
- Loss of bone
- Can contribute to or intensify systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease
If you or a loved one has noticed any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease mentioned above, please don’t wait to seek treatment. Gum disease is easily preventable, and treatable, so please give us a call at The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Call your Destin dentist at (850) 792-8600 or your Panama City Beach dentist at (850) 307-5757.