Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is a serious oral health condition. It means you have infections and inflammation in the tissues that support your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and even health complications involving the heart and lungs. It can mean low birth weight in babies, and it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Fortunately, you can take measures today to prevent gum disease tomorrow. The American Dental Association and your Pikesville, MD dentist recommend:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, especially before bed
- Stopping tobacco use in all forms
- Visiting your dentist twice yearly for checkups and teeth cleanings
- Reporting oral health changes sooner rather than later
Early gum disease symptoms may include bad breath, elongated tooth appearance, gum pocketing, loose teeth, bleeding gums, tooth or gum pain—the latter with redness. In some cases, these symptoms come late, so visiting your dentist is essential. In the early stages, called gingivitis, gum disease is usually reversible as opposed to treatable.
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We can assess your gum health and create a treatment plan today. Reach out to a caring staff member to schedule your preventive oral health check.