Is Gum Disease Really a Serious Health Issue?

Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition. You know the devastation it can cause your smile. You may suffer from red, swollen gums, bad breath, and sensitivity to hot and cold. If gum disease is allowed to progress, you may notice that your gum tissues recedes, and you suffer from tooth loss.

While none of the issues that can affect your mouth are pleasant, you may find that gum disease has implications for other parts of your health as well.

Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other serious issues. 

You may be suffering from gum disease if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer than before
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Additionally, there are some risk factors that might make your more susceptible to gum disease:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Age
  • Use of tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Other diseases
  • Poor nutrition and obesity

Be sure to take care of your teeth and gums to protect your smile – and protect your overall well-being.