How can I tell if I have gum disease?
According to the CDC, half of Americans have gum disease despite it being one of the most preventable conditions. While certain medications, hormones, genetics, and circumstances can cause gum disease, the most common cause originates with poor home care, too few professional dental cleanings, or lifestyle choices such as drug or tobacco use.
Your body will give you signs even with the earliest form of gum disease, called gingivitis. When we catch gum disease at this early stage, it is often reversible. More serious gum disease, called periodontitis, requires specialized treatment to help you get back on track. No matter where you are, we can help to improve your health.
Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Sore, red, or swollen gums
- Gum recession
- New spaces between your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Pus around your gumline
- Persistent bad breath
Fortunately, Ryan Kay DMD offers gentle, effective solutions to treat your gum disease so that you can protect your overall health. Did you know that researchers linked gum disease to other serious conditions such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes? Give us a call so that we can work with you to restore your periodontal health and protect the beauty of your smile.