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SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE

Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth.  Approximately 15 % of adults between 21-50 and 30% of adults over 50 have this disease.

PERIODONTAL DISEASE IS USUALLY A PAINLESS PROGRESSIVE, INFECTIOUS DISEASE

 Untreated periodontal disease in effect "seeds" the bloodstream with disease-causing bacteria.

If you notice any of the following signs of gum disease, see your dentist immediately:
bulletgums that bleed when you brush or floss 
bulletred, swollen or tender gums
bulletteeth that are oversensitive to hot and cold
bulletgums that have pulled away from the teeth
bulletbad breath that doesn't go away
bulletpain when chewing
bulletcalculus or tartar buildup
bulletpus between your teeth and gums
bulletloose teeth
bulleta change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
bulleta change in the fit of partial dentures or dentures.

It is important to have two regular exams a year because the early stages of periodontal disease are easier and less costly to treat.

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Gum disease is PROGRESSIVE-left untreated, the condition will worsen and may lead to permanent irreversible  damage to your gums tissue and  the bone supporting your teeth.    

Studies show a two fold increase in risk for coronary heart disease and stroke in individuals with periodontitis.    Gram-negative bacteria and proinflammatory cytokines are know to enter the blood stream from inlayed periodontal tissues.  

     Smoking, diet, and genetic and environmental factors are also major contributors.  If you smoke  and/or have a personal or family history of coronary heart disease you may need special dental attention.~

It is important to have two regular exams a year because the early stages of periodontal disease are easier and less costly to treat.

Beyond the Mouth:

The mouth is a good barometer of overall health.  Inflammation of gum tissue can be an indicator of more serious inflammation in the arterial walls.  

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February 06, 2008

*Picture courtesy of Ms. Flossy

~ Source: Dental News, Safeco, Oct 1999.

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