What is periodontitis? Periodontitis is another word for gum disease, an infection of the gums, ligaments, and bone around tooth roots.
It’s a serious disease since periodontitis can result in teeth loosening and falling out. Studies indicate that a chronic gum infection could even increase someone’s risk for heart problems, stroke, arthritis, and more.
The infection is caused by certain aggressive bacteria found in dental plaque. When plaque isn’t removed via proper brushing and flossing, the germs are more likely to trigger the gum inflammation.
The scary thing is that gum disease is more common than you may realize. More than three quarters of adults in the United States are affected by gum inflammation to some degree.
So your chances of encountering periodontitis are well up there.
Do you know the signs of gum disease? If you’re familiar with them, you’ll know when it’s time to call our Bloomingdale dentist. Here are a few to look out for…
Bleeding gums are never normal, even when you brush and floss. Bleeding is the first sign that your gums are inflamed and fighting off an infection.
Constant Bad Breath
By “bad breath,” we don’t mean that typical morning breath when you first wake up or the fumes after eating garlic. Gums infected with bacteria and breaking down from inflammation give off a powerful and constant rotting odor.
Gums swollen with periodontitis can start to stretch and pull away from tooth roots. Receding gums can have other causes, however.
These are just three of the most common signs of gum disease. To learn more about lowering your risk for periodontitis, schedule a gum health evaluation at Blooming Smiles Dental Studio.
Posted on behalf of Blooming Smiles Dental Studio