Most people who suffer from tooth loss do so because of periodontal disease caused by poor oral hygiene, bad diet, high amounts of stress, and possibly having a genetic disposition to being able to host harmful bacteria. It is estimated that approximately 80% of adults these days have some degree of gum disease ranging from mild gingivitis to the advanced stages of periodontal disease. Gum disease can exist without the person even realizing it because it’s generally not painful and it can progress unnoticed by its host. This is why they call it a silent disease similar to diabetes and cancer.
Symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen, puffy and/or red gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gums bleed while brushing or flossing
- Exudate (pus) oozing from gums
- Loose teeth
If you have any of these symptoms call Glen Allen Dentistry in Richmond to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
We hate to be alarmists but flossing your teeth on a regular basis can actually save your life! The results of recent medical research provide some shocking facts about gum disease. Researchers found that strokes, heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and even premature births are more associated with chronic ongoing inflammation in the body than with other causes like genetics. The truth is that GUM DISEASE is the most common source of chronic ongoing inflammation in the body. The association between gum disease, strokes and heart disease is continuing to be studied but there is already strong evidence that healthy gums can actually lead to a healthy heart, body, and lifestyle