Gum Disease is a threat to your overall health. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious diseases that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth can be lost. This is why it is so important to stay on top of your dental health.
Unexplained bleeding while consuming food or during the course of daily cleaning is one of the most common signs of periodontal infection.
Continued halitosis (bad breath) which persists even when a rigorous oral hygiene program is in place, can be indicative of periodontitis, gingivitis or the beginnings of an infection in the gum tissues.
Longer looking teeth can signal recession of the gums and bone loss due to periodontal disease. As this disease progresses and attacks the jawbone, (the anchor holding the teeth in place) the teeth may become loose or be lost all together.
Heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia and osteoporosis are highly correlated with periodontitis and periodontal infections. The bacteria infection can spread through the blood stream and affect other parts of the body.