Periodontal diseases affect the tissues around your teeth. The earliest stage is gingivitis, a bacterium that can lurk in plaque buildup. If you see blood on your toothbrush or floss, or your gums feel inflamed, take the warning signs seriously. Gingivitis can be overcome with little to no damage to your gums and teeth.
However, if left untreated, gingivitis becomes uglier and progresses to the full-fledged gum disease known as periodontitis. In its early stages, periodontitis can be quickly reversed. But don’t leave it unchecked! Chronic periodontitis can destroy your gums as well as bone tissue, resulting in tooth loss.
What’s even more alarming is that gum infections, such as periodontitis, can affect your entire body. Not only can inflammation in general lead to hardening of arteries, but the bacteria specific to periodontal diseases is known to affect the heart as well. And once that bacteria is in your bloodstream, that’s a problem!
Signs and Symptoms
- Swollen, puffy, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Sores in your mouth
- Painful chewing
- Loosening of the teeth
- Gaps showing up between teeth
- Twice-daily brushing
- Daily flossing
- Mouthwash that fights plaque
- Regular dental checkups and cleanings
- Tobacco use
- Poor diet
- Autoimmune diseases
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