Periodontal Disease: Painless Predator

Indianapolis IN General DentistNaturally forming on teeth, plaque is a sticky bacterium that deposits itself in the mouth, and is a main contributor to Periodontal Disease (gum disease). Because gum disease does not elicit pain, you may not be aware that you have it. In effect, Periodontal Disease is a painless predator, and responsible for tooth loss in many adults.

Your risk of developing periodontal disease is directly proportional to your oral hygiene. Yet, there are other factors that play a role. The following will put you at greater risk of developing gum disease:

  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Crooked or Crowded Teeth (making good oral hygiene difficult)
  • Smoking
  • Chewing Tobacco
  • Specific Medications (steroids, cancer-therapy drugs, and even oral contraceptives)

Even if these factors do not apply to you, there are more obvious signs of Periodontal Disease to be aware of:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Sensitivity around teeth, or gums that are red and swollen
  • Gums that have receded, or pulled away from teeth
  • Bad breath (persistent)
  • Permanent teeth that are loose
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • A change in the way your dentures or partial fits

Whether you suspect that you have Periodontal Disease or not, it's imperative to contact your dental professional for a check-up and cleaning. Remember, gum disease is often painless. Regular dental examinations provide your dentist (and you!) with important information about your oral health. In one visit, early stage Periodontal Disease can begin to reverse. With regular cleanings, it can be eliminated.

Winding Ridge Dentistry welcomes your family to our practice. We believe that oral health will affect your overall health. At your appointment, we will take into account your personal health history, and personalize your treatment for healthy teeth and gums. Give us a call today!

Posted on behalf of Winding Ridge Dentistry