Half of Americans have periodontal disease. Research is also showing the undeniable contribution of gum disease to systemic disease. Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, low birth weight, and dementia have all shown strong connections to the health of the gums.
What is gum disease?
Over time plaque hardens into tarter, which can irritate gums so much they begin to pull away from the teeth.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or if you find that you are unable to get rid of bad breath, it may be a sign of periodontitis.
Gum disease signs and symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Red or puffy gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
What if periodontitis goes untreated?
If left untreated gum disease can have devastating effects on your oral and overall health. Some long-term effects include:
- Recession of gums
- Loss of teeth
- Loss of bone
Gum disease can contribute to or intensify systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease.
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