Published: 2016-10-25

Gum disease starts as a condition called gingivitis, and without treatment, may develop into serious periodontal disease. This can eventually lead to loose teeth that fall out, and dangerous infections that gather in the pockets between the gums and teeth. Gum disease is particularly hard on diabetics, and since this month is National Diabetes Awareness Month, we want you to know which symptoms you should watch for.

What Are the Risk Factors?

Some risk factors are things you can control, while others are out of your hands. The following are signs that you may be more at risk for periodontal disease.

  • Women or girls going through hormonal changes
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Treatments for certain diseases such as cancer or AIDS
  • Certain medications

If you are concerned about your risk for gum disease and need ways to decrease it, contact us at Shoreline Periodontics today.

What Should I Watch For?

If you are concerned that you have periodontal disease, watch for the following symptoms:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Teeth appear longer
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath that you can’t get rid of
  • Bleeding or tender gums

Any of these symptoms may be signs that you have a serious problem or are likely to develop one. Gum disease is tied to several other serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Keeping your mouth healthy is a vital part of keeping your entire body healthy, and we want to help you learn the best ways to do both.

We encourage you to brush and floss daily and have your teeth cleaned and examined at least twice a year. Always disclose any risk factors or pre-existing conditions to your oral health professional to ensure that your treatment plan will be successful.

Give Us a Call

At Shoreline Periodontics, we want to help you control gum disease before it gets out of control. Contact us today to learn more.

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