February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month. But, at the Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we want you to be aware of your risk for gum disease (periodontitis) all year round.
So what is Gum Disease exactly? It is a serious infection of the tissues around your teeth. Many people may be familiar with the more mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis. Some symptoms you might experience when you develop gum disease may include:
- Red Puffy Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Bad Breath
- Loss of Teeth
- Painful Chewing
- Receding Gums
- Change in Bite
Who is at Risk?
There are several risk factors for gum disease and knowing about them can help ensure that your mouth stays at its healthiest.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Gum disease is a very common disease, however, it is most often preventable with good oral hygiene. Gum disease starts when there is a buildup of plaque around the gums which causes them to be infected and inflamed. Proper brushing and flossing can keep this buildup from occurring on your teeth. Having good daily oral hygiene alongside your semi-annual dental checkups with your local Lindale dentist can keep the plague at bay.
Smoking can also increase your risk for developing gum disease. Those who smoke are twice as likely to develop gum disease. Not only that but when you are finally diagnosed, your treatment for the disease may not work as well because your tissues do not heal as well and your body does not fight infection as well. Quitting smoking is always the best way drop your risk for gum disease.
A healthy diet can help our bodies in so many ways. Fighting off gum disease is one of those ways. Having the proper nutrients in our bodies can help fight off viruses and diseases. Having a diet that is loaded with bad foods like sugars and starches can cause our tooth enamel to be weak and susceptible to the collection of plaque. This can lead to gum disease.
What Can Gum Disease Put Me at Risk For?
Gum disease isn’t just bad for your teeth, it can also cause problems for your overall health. It has been linked to increasing the risk of several health issues including:
- Heart Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Increasing problems in pregnancy
When To See Your Dentist
If you feel like you have any of the symptoms of gum disease you should make an appointment with your local Lindale dentist for an appointment. The best treatment for gum disease is early detection. The sooner that you get to care for your gum disease, the more likely it that the damage can be remedied. At the Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we offer complete Periodontal maintenance, to get your gums back to being strong and healthy. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment. (903) 231-6605