Did you know that every year there are over 3 million new cases of gum disease? Gum disease is an extremely common problem among adults in the United States, and one of the most prevalent oral health issues dealt with today.
If gum disease is left untreated, you are at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and more. That’s why it’s so important to catch it as early as possible because the extent of damage caused by the disease is directly related to how long it remains untreated.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, contact our office today to schedule a consultation immediately with our doctor.
- Related Health Issues: Conditions that can be linked to periodontal disease include heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and more. It is possible you could be experiencing untreated periodontal issues if you are suffering from any of these conditions.
- Persistent Bleeding: A common sign of periodontal infection is if you experience regular, unexplained bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating.
- Recession of Gums: If you are experiencing receding gums, this may be from bacteria infecting your gums. If this bacteria reaches your jawbone, it can lead to greater infection and the eventual loss of teeth.
- Long-Term Bad Breath: If you find yourself brushing your teeth and still experiencing bad breath, it may be from an untreated infection or gum disease.
- Inflamed or Sensitive Gums: Swollen, infamed, irritated, or sensitive gums could be a sign of an infection under the surface of your gums.
- If You’ve Never Visited a Periodontist: According to the CDC, nearly half of adults over 30 years old suffer from some degree of gum disease. Very few realize the benefits of visiting a periodontist. Your best way to prevent developing periodontal disease is to develop an oral healthcare routine including brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, dental cleanings twice a year, and regular periodontal exams.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease listed above, you could be at risk or may already be infected without knowing. Contact our periodontal office in Alexandria, VA today to schedule an examination with our doctor. We will recommend a plan of action focused on protecting your oral health.