Do you wonder why your teeth keep breaking or why your gums bleed?
Periodontal diseases are infections that affect the tissues and bone that support teeth. Left untreated, periodontal diseases may eventually lead to tooth loss.
It is possible to have periodontal disease without apparent symptoms. That’s why regular dental checkups are periodontal examinations are very important.
Several warning signs can signal a problem. If you notice any of the following, see your dentist:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- A change in the fit of partial dentures
The Periodontal-Systemic Disease Interrelationships
Tooth loss is not the only potential posed by periodontal diseases. Research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal diseases and other health concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are trying to determine if bacteria and inflammation associated with periodontal diseases play a role in affecting these systemic diseases and conditions.