Gum disease affects more than just the gums- it also threatens the health and integrity of your teeth. Healthy gums serve as the support structure for your teeth and periodontal disease can lead to loose teeth, shifting teeth- even lost teeth!
Recognizing the common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease is the key to early treatment and avoiding the damage that can occur if it progresses. Routine dental care also plays a very important role in catching gum disease early and effectively treating with conservative measures. Dr. Buckle and his associates at Buckle Advanced Dental Care on the Wirral perform a thorough periodontal screening during all routine exams to look for the signs of developing gum disease.
Common Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Often called the “silent disease”, many patients do not realize that they have gum disease until it has progressed and begun to cause tooth damage or discomfort. Early warning signs can include:
- Bleeding gums
- Irritated, red gums
- Swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath, halitosis
If you have dentures, you may notice a change in the fit if periodontal disease is present. Denture wearers can be more susceptible to developing periodontal disease which can dramatically affect the fit and function of dentures if not address promptly.
Advanced gum disease can create pockets between the teeth and the gum line as harmful bacteria continue to deteriorate gum tissue. This also presents risks to your overall health as these bacteria make their way into the bloodstream without the barrier of healthy gum tissue. Studies have shown that the typical strains of bacteria in the mouth can lead to internal inflammation, increasing the risk of developing cardiovascular or systemic disease and exacerbating existing illness. This has been shown to be especially true of diabetes, where there is a strong link between oral health and disease management.
Your dentist at Buckle Advanced Dental Care will work with you on an individual basis to address lifestyle habits, health concerns and your unique dental health to maintain or restore healthy gums. If you have concerns about your oral health, schedule a visit to our Liverpool area dentist office- even if you have been away from the dentist for some time, we welcome you and will help you to restore and healthy and comfortable smile.