Gum disease may be common, but it is preventable with proper oral care.
Did you know that you could have gum disease and not even be aware of it? This problem affects approximately half of American adults. That’s more than 64 million people who are dealing with mild to severe forms of gum disease. In fact, gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent gum disease. From the office of our Winchester, KY, family dentists, Dr. Tena Powe and Dr. Walter Peavler, here’s what you should know about gum disease:
Gum disease also affects your general health
The oral problems you face can also affect your systemic health, too; however, most people don’t realize that they are interconnected. Unfortunately, gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health problems including:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory illnesses
- Premature birth
While we don’t fully understand the link between gum disease and these other conditions, it is believed that widespread inflammation may be to blame. Therefore, something as simple as flossing and brushing your teeth and gums every day could reduce your risk not just for gum disease but these other chronic health problems, as well.
Gum disease doesn’t always show symptoms
Many people with gum disease don’t realize they have it. That’s because symptoms don’t often appear until the more advanced stages of gum disease. That’s why it’s so important for the whole family to visit our Winchester, KY, family dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. During these exams, we can spot pockets of infection within the gums that may be so slight that you might not notice them. By detecting gum disease early, we can reverse it.
While gum disease doesn’t always show symptoms, there are some warning signs to be aware of:
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing
- Swollen, red gums
- Gums that are tender to the touch
- Receding gums that make teeth appear longer than usual
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite or chew
Due to the pandemic, Central Kentucky Dental will be temporarily closed for routine dental care; however, we will be available to handle emergency care only. If you are dealing with a severe toothache or a knocked-out tooth our family dentists here in Winchester, KY, can provide you with the immediate care you need, even now. Call us at (859) 744-0320.