Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, with 75% of adults over 35 showing problem signs.What is often referred to as the silent mouth disease, initial symptoms can easily go unnoticed.Bacteria lives in plaque, which hardens over time and can cause gum irritations such as gingivitis.
Left untreated, bacterial infections affect the gums, ligaments and bone supporting the teeth, and can enter the blood stream and may be related to other diseases such as Heart Disease and Diabetes.
Signs & Symptoms:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed with brushed or flossed
- Receding gums
- Loose or spaced teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus or sores in the mouth
- Change in the fit or partial dentures
- Change in bite
So how do you prevent periodontal disease? 4 easy steps:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Get regular oral checkups and cleanings from a dental professional
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