Periodontal disease is an advanced gum disease that can dramatically influence your oral and overall health.
Age plays a factor in the development of gum disease, with 30% of all people over 50 experiencing advanced gum disease. Other factors that can contribute to this disease include stress, smoking, diabetes, obesity and some medications.
It is important note the warning signs of gum disease to ensure that it does not progress into a larger issue. These symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums after you brush your teeth.
- Teeth that are loose or have moved from position.
- Gums that are swollen or are receding away from teeth.
- Bad breath.
- Pus around teeth and gums.
- Unexplained sores in your mouth.
Periodontal Disease and Your Health
People with periodontal disease are twice as likely to develop heart disease and type two diabetes. Gum disease can also contribute to other serious conditions throughout the body such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, so it is important to maintain the health of your gums for the sake of your overall health.
Prevention is better than cure
Regular professional cleans at our dental practice based in Sherwood can actively prevent the development of gum disease. If you do develop gum disease, our dental team can assess your individual situation and perform a treatment appropriate to your case.