Symptoms Of Gum Disease That You Should Watch For - NEW LONDON, CT - WESTERLY, RI

Symptoms Of Gum Disease That You Should Watch For

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is hardly noticeable at first, but can eventually become a serious danger to anyone who’s suffering from it. Gum disease begins as redness and tenderness in the gums, but as it worsens, it can compromise your teeth and jawbone, causing them to decay and fall out. Left untreated, gum disease can even lead to life-threatening illnesses as the bacteria behind it spread throughout the body via the circulatory system. It has been associated with conditions of the heart, brain, and lungs.  As board-certified Periodontists, Dr. Toback and Dr. Urbanski specialize in treating gum-related ailments and have consistent exceptional clinical results to show for it.   

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
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
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.