Most people have heard of it, but not many people are aware of just how prevalent this silent danger really is.
It is believed that three-fourths of all adults between 25 and 60 have some form of gum disease. If you are in this age range, you need to be especially vigilant with seeing your dentist, just to be on the safe side.
Symptoms of Gum DiseaseIn the early stages, gum disease has very few symptoms. Most people notice their gums bleeding now and again, or the occasional swollen gum. It takes a while for gum disease to progress to the point of pain. That is one of the biggest problems with gum disease. Since it isn't painful until it has really progressed, most people don't notice it at the beginning or even think of the problem as something to worry about.
When you brush and floss each day, look at your teeth and your gums. If the gum tissues get red or puffy, even a little bit, that could be the earliest sign of gum disease. Also, pay attention to your breath, as that is often a good giveaway. If you notice that you regularly get bad breath that doesn't completely go away with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, go in and get look at for gum disease.
Ultimately, if you aren't sure of something going on within your mouth, go in and get checked. Even if it turns out to be something other than gum disease, it still benefits you to go in. So contact our office, and visit us for an exam. It certainly can't hurt.