Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious health issue. It can lead to bone loss and teeth falling out. It is also a common sign of individuals having diabetes. If you suspect that you may have the disease or could be susceptible to it, there are a few things to know and warning signs to look for.
What is Periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the structures that support the teeth. It begins with harmful bacteria in the mouth causing gums to swell and become red. From there it can progress and the gums begin to recede and the gum tissue is destroyed. The teeth then become loose, which often results in tooth lose.
What are the warning signs?
There are a few warning signs that you should be mindful of. Some signs are also indicators of diabetes, including:
A few additional warning signs to look out for include:
What should you do?
In the early stages of periodontial disease, known as gingivitis, implementation of a proper oral health regimen, including flossing, brushing and goggling, can help to decrease if not eliminate the disease. If it has progressed, it is critical that you visit your doctor for a formal treatment plan. Your dentist can work with you to select and implement the plan that will work best for you in your situation.
By understanding what this disease is, its warning signs and proper treatment, you can be best prepared to deal with it no matter what stage you find yourself in. For more information and to set up an evaluation if needed, contact your local dentist.
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