Do you suffer from chronic bad breath? Notice your gums are red, tender, swollen or bleeding? You may be suffering from an extremely common disease known as periodontal “gum” disease. In fact, around 6,470,000 million adults in America suffer from mild (gingivitis), moderate or even severe periodontitis. Think that you may be suffering from gum disease? Some of the most common symptoms include:
Many patients, however, experience no symptoms until the condition has progressed. During the early stages (gingivitis), periodontitis is actually curable; however, once the disease has progressed it is only manageable. Visiting your dentist regularly can help reduce your likelihood of gingivitis or gum disease ever even starting.
When a patient neglects their oral health, bacteria, acid, and plaque can begin to build up in the mouth, eventually leading to inflamed and irritated gums. As the condition progresses, inflammation and infection of the gums become worse, resulting in receding gums, gum pockets, and even bone loss.
As periodontal gum disease progresses, the symptoms tend to get worse, ultimately resulting in tooth loss, bone loss and a partial smile. Periodontal gum disease has also been linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.
Ready to get your periodontal disease under control? Schedule your appointment with our Houston periodontist today! We would be more than happy to examine your smile, gums, and oral health to determine if periodontal treatment is right for you.