Gum disease often develops slowly without causing any pain and can begin at just about any age. Sometimes you may not have any symptoms until the disease has advanced and spread to the supporting bone, causing loss of bone and eventually loss of tooth.
The term gum disease or periodontal disease describes bacterial growth and production of factors that gradually destroys the tissue surrounding and supporting the teeth.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Red swollen and tender gums
- Pus discharge
- Loose or separating teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth exposing the root
Therefore, it is very important to have a regular dental checkup and periodontal examination done, preferably, once in 3 months. A Periodontist is a specialist who specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Using the latest techniques and minor periodontal surgical procedures, a Periodontist can solve your gum problems comprehensively.
Recent studies have shown a link between gum disease and more serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and preterm low birth weight babies. Just getting your teeth cleaned cannot solve this problem. You need a specialist to correctly diagnose and treat these problems.