Your gums are one of the most often-overlooked parts of your whole body. Though they perform the incredible feat of keeping your teeth rooted into your mouth and providing them with the blood supply that keeps them alive and healthy so that you can bite and chew your food, people still tend to forget to take care of their gums. If this describes you, you’re not alone! In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately half of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease! If you think you may be among this group, you should make an appointment with your dental professional as soon as possible for a periodontal disease screening.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, covers a broad range of conditions pertaining to the health of your gums. These can range from relatively mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis), and may cause bone loss, tooth loss and other serious complications if left untreated. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:
- Mouth pain accompanied by red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing, or when chewing hard foods
- Gums appearing to recede from the teeth
- Chronic mouth sores
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Loose-fitting teeth
What Are the Risk Factors of Gum Disease?
Though periodontal disease can affect virtually anyone, some factors may play into a higher risk of gum disease for some people. Some of these factors include:
- Age- If you are over 65 years of age, you may be at increased risk of developing periodontal disease
- Smoking/Chewing Tobacco- If you use tobacco products, you are more likely to experience symptoms of gum disease than your non-smoking peers
- Medications- Certain medications, including oral contraceptives and antidepressants, may contribute to your likelihood of developing periodontal disease
- Stress- Significant amounts of stress may lead to periodontal disease, as it decreases your body’s ability to naturally fight off infection
If any of these symptoms or risk factors describe you, it’s important to make an appointment with a periodontal specialist without delay, so that you can detect any issues with your gums before they become a major health concern. The team at Ferrin Periodontics in Medford, OR cares about your periodontal health and wants to make sure your gums stay healthy throughout your life. If you think you may have gum disease, call our Medford office today at 541-779-4501 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferrin and his staff of caring dental professionals. Your gums are a vital, if often overlooked, part of your overall health- don’t wait to take care of them until it’s too late! Call now.