Did you know?
A common yet largely preventable disease -periodontitis – is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.
If plaque is left on the teeth it will transform into tartar or calculus that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist with a professional clean. However, if left untreated, you are leaving yourself susceptible to gum infection known as gingivitis and in severe cases it can lead to “periodontitis” which can lead to loss of teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease
Gum disease symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease such as periodontitis. However; warning signs of gum disease may include any of the following:
- Red, swollen or tender gums or other pain in your mouth
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard food
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer in appearance
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Sores in your mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
Studies have found a positive relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodontitis, compared to 66% of people without heart disease. For diabetic patients, it is extremely important to ensure they are even more vigilant with their oral care. High blood sugar provides ideal conditions for infection to grow, including gum infections. The loss of teeth can also have a significant effect on your digestive system, not being able to chew your food sufficiently can lead to gastrointestinal disorders and disease.
Attending general appointments every six months can help you achieve the brightest, healthiest smile possible. Make an appointment today with one of our fantastic and caring hygienists.