You’ve probably heard of gum disease. Since you were a kid, your parents and other authority figures have harped on the importance of brushing and flossing. It was probably a chore then, but now you understand the cost of cavities and other dental nightmares. Plus, you want your smile to look and feel as wonderful as possible.
Aside from increasing the likelihood that you could lose teeth, gum disease can actually kill you. It increases your chances of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. If you have any of the symptoms below, then you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Healthy gums should look tight and flat in appearance, seemingly hugging your teeth. When gums become infected, they swell with additional fluid, including blood, so that the tissue can fight invading bacteria. This creates the “puffy” look. If left in this state for long, they will begin to separate from your teeth.
It’s plain and simple: healthy gums don’t bleed. Even though it’s hard to admit when your gums aren’t healthy, the fact is that if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss, you have mild to severe infection. If this happens, you will normally notice a metal taste in your mouth.
If you smoke, often your gums will have less blood flowing to that area, making bleeding more difficult to detect, even though you’re more likely to have serious gum disease.
Although it’s a common assumption that our body changes overtime, gums should not recede with our hairline. If you’ve noticed that your gums are pulling away from your teeth, this could be a sign of a major infection. Your teeth don’t keep growing with age. If your teeth seem to be getting longer, it’s actually because your gums are receding. This can look unhealthy and unnatural, causing smile dissatisfaction.
Common misconceptions often lead us to believe that teeth are planted directly into the jaw bone. Instead, there is a band of ligament that connects the tooth to the jaw. If your gums become infected, this ligament can weaken, and eventually detach from the tooth. Because this is a sign of advanced gum disease, if you notice your teeth have become loose, it’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as possible.
Gum disease isn’t only a dental issue. Acting as a gateway to the bloodstream, any infection localized in the mouth can wreak serious havoc on the rest of the body. To save yourself money on healthcare later, schedule a dentist appointment if you have any of these symptoms.
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