Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease
Periodontitis is a silent destroyer because pain is typically absent. Sometimes the only way to detect periodontal disease is through a periodontal evaluation. Below are some very important warning signs:
- Gums that bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Having a family member with periodontal disease. Research suggests that the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can pass through saliva. This means the common contact of saliva in families puts children and couples at risk for contracting the periodontal disease of another family member.
- Having heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or osteoporosis. Ongoing research is showing that periodontal disease is linked to these conditions. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can travel into the blood stream and pose a threat to other parts of the body. Healthy gums may lead to a healthier body.
- If you smoke or use tobacco, you are twice as likely to have periodontal disease.
- Poor nutrition, stress, pregnancy or puberty can bring on periodontal disease symptoms.
- Some medications, especially heart medications, increase your risk of periodontal disease.
- If you feel that your teeth are too short or that your smile is too “gummy”. Or if you are missing one or more of your teeth and are interested in a long lasting replacement option.
- If you are not satisfied with your current tooth replacement option, such as a bridge or dentures, and may be interested in dental implants.
- If you have a sore or irritation in your mouth that does not get better within two weeks.