According to the ADA, nearly 50% of Americans suffer from gum disease, and 70% of Americans over 65 have periodontal issues. This is a major problem, because gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and premature birth.
If you want to protect your whole body health, you need to start by protecting your gums. Gum disease begins when the same bacteria that forms plaque on your teeth gets below the gum line and irritates your gums. The result can be red, puffy, bleeding gums.
At this point, excellent oral hygiene can reverse the progression of the disease, but the same pain and bleeding that is an early symptom also makes people avoid brushing and flossing.
As the disease worsens, gums pull away from the teeth and gum tissue starts to decay. Without the gums, there's nothing to hold teeth in place. They grow loose, shift, and even fall out.
The treatment for gum disease depends on the stage of your disease. In the early stages, damage can be reversed with a deep cleaning in the dental office, improved oral hygiene, and mouthwashes.
Don't wait until the damage to your gums is irreversible. If you have puffy, painful, bleeding gums, you need to see a dentist. Putting off treatment puts you at risk for tooth loss, heart problems, or diabetes. Dr. Parris Kitt is the Flint dentist who can treat your gum disease and help heal your gums. Call him for an appointment at 903-561-4477 and reclaim your oral health.