Orally-related disease is the most prevalent chronic biological ailment around the world, even more common than the everyday head cold. Research studies completed in America reveal that half of adult Americans have gingivitis and about 30% have periodontitis, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Periodontal disease is an insidious infection that affects the gums and bone that support teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or a lot of your teeth. It begins when the bacteria and plaque (that sticky, colorless buildup that constantly forms on your teeth) make your gums become inflamed.
As strange as it may sound, the germs from gum disease are able to circulate through your entire body arriving at vital organs, joints and muscles. What this all means is that gum disease should be considered a bigger risk factor to one’s health than once thought. In conclusion, if your health is important to you, take action now to protect your gums.
Research has also shown treatment for numerous medical conditions such as heart problems, pulmonary disease such as emphysema or COPD, diabetes, hip replacement, kidney disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and, finally, pregnancy could be diminished by germs from the mouth.
The Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Blood on your toothbrush after brushing your teeth
- Gums bleeding after flossing
- Sore, inflamed or puffy gum tissue
- Wobbly and/or loose teeth
- Gums receding around the teeth
- Chronic sour breath (halitosis)
- Pus at the gum line
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Recent change in your bite
- Spaces that have appeared between teeth
- Food getting lodged up in your gums