A large percentage of the population suffers from gum disease and doesn’t even know it! Gum disease is a silent threat, causing tooth loss, tooth decay, and other health problems, including serious health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. Some common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen, discolored and/or tender gums
- Receding gumline
- Loose, painful and shifting teeth
- Excessive bleeding while brushing and flossing
- Excessive, persistent bad breath
Some of these symptoms may be mild and barely noticeable. However, the primary cause of these symptoms, and gum disease in general, is poor oral hygiene. Smoking, poor eating habits, poor nutrition, and extreme hormonal shifts can also contribute to gum disease.
While mild cases can often be treated by simple steps to improve oral hygiene, such as good, regular brushing and flossing, more extreme cases may require a more aggressive treatment. If you are concerned about gum disease and have one or more of the symptoms listed above, consider talking with your dentist or oral surgeon about the severity of your case and an appropriate treatment plan for you.