What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums but early stages can be symptom-free. Some people are more at risk than others for having destruction of the bone around their teeth. This is why some people may require more frequent dental exams and cleanings.
The Littleton and Aurora periodontal disease experts at Periodontal Associates are committed to helping patients overcome gum disease and enjoy healthy gums for life.
According to the CDC, roughly half of people aged 30 and older have periodontal disease! Most of these people don’t know they have it!
Gums Are Connected to the Whole Body!
There are habits that can put people at a higher risk for periodontal disease. Smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease by 2-8 times. Research has shown that smoking worsens the immune system and blood flow and as a result, bacterial infections like gum disease can be more rapid. While our therapies can slow the progression of gum disease and can regenerate lost support, those that continue to smoke have less benefit from our treatments.
Research has also shown that 20% of the population is at higher risk for gum disease. These are the patients that we regularly see for dental exams and cleanings more often (normally it’s alternating with their general dentist every 3 months [e.g. 4 dental cleanings per year]). Despite being at a higher risk, patients can expect to keep the majority of their teeth if they follow the recommendations of their dental, periodontal, and medical providers. This with good oral hygiene habits, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce the risk for developing periodontal disease.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
New spacing between teeth
Persistent bad breath
Pus around the teeth and gums
Red and puffy gums
Tenderness or Discomfort
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