Do I have periodontal disease?

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According to the CDC, about 50% of all adults in the U.S. over the age of 30 have periodontal disease, so if you do, you’re in good company!

Periodontal disease can occur with numerous symptoms or can be completely asymptomatic (no symptoms), particularly in the earliest stages.

Some of the first symptoms that people tend to experience, which indicate early periodontal disease, or gingivitis, include:

  • Red gums
  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushed
  • Bad breath

As gum diseases progresses into periodontitis, symptoms become more severe and include:

  • Gums receding from the teeth, causing teeth to look longer and exposing sensitive root
  • Pockets forming between the teeth and the gums, trapping bacteria and increasing the risk of decay
  • Teeth becoming loose because of weakened periodontal bone

Without treatment, you could lose your teeth to periodontal disease. In fact, periodontal disease is the number one cause of lost teeth in American adults!

Once periodontal disease reaches a certain point, the damage can’t be reversed, but we can slow or stop the progress of the disease. Regular appointments are important – even if you think your gums are healthy! At every cleaning, we’ll carefully assess the health of your gums and discuss your self-care routine to look for ways to improve so that you can ward off this problematic chronic disease.

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