Facts about gum disease

Teeth don’t just fall out because of old age. With good oral hygiene and regular professional care, your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, if left untreated,  periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. It is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and over.

 Research links periodontal disease to other health problems including heart and respiratory diseases, preterm or low birthweight babies, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

Bleeding when you floss should  be noted; bleeding gums are not normal. Think of gum tissue as the skin on your hand. If your hands bled every time you washed them, you would know something was wrong.

Other signs of gum disease include: red, swollen or tender gums; sores in your mouth; gums that have pulled away from the teeth; persistent bad breath; pus between the teeth and gums (leaving bad breath); loose or separating teeth; a change in the way the teeth fit together; and a change in the fit of partial dentures.

Cherise Britt RDH