Usually being at the top of a list is a good thing, but not when it comes to gum disease. As of 2014, periodontal disease became more common than diabetes with nearly 65 million people affected. Now 1 out of every 2 adults over the age of 30 has gum disease in some form. That’s 50%!
Many people don’t realize the seriousness of gum disease or that they even have it. These are 2 of the reasons attributed to the dramatic increase in cases. Periodontitis is not only a risk for your oral health, it can be linked to other diseases in your body such as cardiovascular disease, increased stroke risk, Alzheimer’s disease and even diabetes.
Early symptoms of periodontitis are subtle, and most patients will not experience pain until the disease has progressed to the point of causing damage to the teeth and gum tissue.
When caught in the early stages, gum disease is highly treatable before it causes gum and bone loss. If you notice these symptoms, you’ll want to schedule a comprehensive oral health evaluation right away:
- Puffy gums
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Increase sensitivity to hot or cold
- Teeth appearing longer than they used to
- Loose teeth
Treatments for early gum disease are usually minimal invasive and similar to have a deep cleaning of your teeth. As the disease progresses, it may be necessary to undergo surgical procedures treat to restore health to your mouth.
Your best defense against contracting gum disease is to practice a good oral hygiene routine at home. Daily brushing and flossing accompanied by dental visits with professional cleanings can help you be a member of the 50% that don’t have gum disease.
Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants is Las Vegas and Henderson’s first choice for quality periodontal care. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or have any of the symptoms mentioned earlier, don’t wait until it’s too late to seek treatment. Schedule your appointment with Dr. DeAndrade today