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Periodontitis—A “Silent” Disease

Other serious diseases can also develop as a result of untreated periodontal diseases. When gums become infected and inflamed from periodontal disease, bacteria can spread and grow below the gum line. The bacteria can then enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections. In fact, ongoing research suggests that periodontal disease is linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. 

Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth) cause the gums to become inflamed.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may be at risk of periodontal disease:

  • Do your gums ever bleed?
  • Are your teeth loose?
  • Have your gums receded, or do your teeth look longer?
  • Do you smoke or use tobacco products?
  • Have you had any adult teeth extracted?
  • Has it been more than 2 years since seeing a dentist?
  • Have any of your family members had gum disease?

In the mildest form of the disease, gingivitis, the gums redden, swell and bleed easily. There is usually little or no discomfort which is why it is often referred to as the “silent” disease. Periodontal disease is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene. The great news is gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care. If your gums bleed or teeth look longer, contact a dentist to discuss your periodontal health.

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