Have you been told you have periodontal (gum) disease? Periodontal disease can occur at any age, but is most commonly found in adults over 30. \”Periodontal\” refers to “around the tooth” and \”periodontitis\” means “inflammation around the tooth.”
- Swollen, tender, red, and/or bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Separating or loose permanent teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
Common Risk Factors
- Hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy
- Poor oral hygiene
Some studies show that periodontal disease can be linked to other serious health issues like heart disease, diabetes, strokes, respiratory disease and premature births.
See your dentist if you have any of these symptoms or think you might have gum disease. Your hygienist or dentist will use a probe (small ruler) to check the tooth’s pocket size to determine if you will need scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). X-rays may also be used to determine if you have any bone loss.
Most often the goal for periodontal disease is to be maintained, but the sooner it is treated the better. In some cases, if bone loss persists, surgery may be the treatment. Let us know if you have any questions!