Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that support and surround the teeth. If left untreated, this disease can cause the loss of jawbone structure and even tooth loss.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is more easily treated and reversed if it is caught in its early stages. Signs of gum disease include:
– Swollen, tender, or red gums
– Gums that bleed easily, particularly when you brush and floss
– Teeth that look longer because of gum recession
– Changes to your bite
– Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
– Loose teeth
Schedule an appointment with Drs. Schamberger, Gregston, and Thomas if you spot any of these symptoms.
Risk Factors of Gum Disease
There are certain factors that can increase an individual’s risk for developing gum disease, including:
– Smoking. Smoking can also lower the chances of success with some gum disease treatments.
– Hormonal changes in girls and women can make the gums more sensitive, and therefore put them more at risk of infection.
– Stress can make fighting infection, like gum disease, more difficult for the body.
– Diabetes makes an individual more susceptible for developing infection.
– Some medications can cause dry mouth, thus affecting oral health.
– Some diseases and their treatments can affect the health of the gums.
– A family history of gum disease can make an individual more vulnerable to the disease.
However, even if you have one or more of these risk factors, you can prevent gum disease by taking good care of your smile.
We invite you to contact Leadville Dental Center at 719-486-2060 for more information and to schedule a visit with our dentists in Leadville, Colorado.