When you are in the prime of your life it’s hard to imagine that you are at risk for disease—especially gum disease. In fact, even children can have gingivitis or periodontitis if they don’t practice good oral hygiene.
To understand how youth doesn’t protect you from gum disease you have to know how it works. Our mouth naturally contains over 500 strains of bacteria. Normally they exist without causing too much trouble as long as we brush twice a day and floss at least once. However, when we neglect these simple tasks the bacteria will stay on our teeth in the form of plaque. Plaque that is not removed will eventually harden into calculus that can only be removed by dental professionals. Once calculus begins to build up it will not only cause tooth decay but gum disease as well.
Unlike other conditions, gum disease will not get better on its own. Untreated periodontitis can cause irreversible gum, tooth and bone loss and also cause problems in other parts of your body too. Researchers have discovered links between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease, prostate disease and even diabetes.
By educating yourself to the early warning signs of gum disease, you can make sure your smile doesn’t just look great in your twenties but for the rest of your life. If you are experiencing any of the following, don’t wait until your next dentist appointment to have your mouth checked out. Schedule an appointment immediately.
- Gums that bleed while brushing
- Puffy gums
- Loose teeth
- Teeth appearing longer than they used to
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
Gum disease does not discriminate based on age—if you have gums you are at risk. By taking care of your teeth and gums while you are young, you will help to ensure that you have a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Call us at Anthem Periodontics today to schedule a consultation!