Gum disease affects almost half of all adults in the United States, which amounts to nearly 65 million individuals. Just because you live in Beaumont doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible! Gum disease is caused by a variety of factors, from dietary health to genetics, so it is important to remain in regular contact with your dentist, including visiting them every six months for a regular cleaning. In addition to seeing your dentist, there are other preventative measures that can be taken. However, before doing so it is important to be able to identify the proper indicators. Here to help you out with that is a brief explanation of the four primary signs of gum disease.
High Blood Sugar
Gum disease and type 2 diabetes have a direct relationship: those with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing gum disease. For this reason, you should always inform your dentist if you have type 2 diabetes.
You may have high blood sugar if you exhibit any of the following symptoms: excessive thirst, difficulty concentrating, blurred vision, headaches or migraines, consistent fatigue, and inexplicable weight loss.
If you are experiencing any of the above, contact your doctor and schedule a blood test. Doing so will also help you identify any internal inflammation you may not be aware of.
Your gums should not bleed when you brush and floss. Bleeding during either of these activities could be an early sign of gum disease. Failure to brush and floss on a regular basis leads to a buildup of bacteria, which can result in bleeding and worse.
Bleeding gums are particularly dangerous with excessive bacterial buildups, as they provide an ideal passageway for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once this happens, a number of problems can occur. These include blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, just to name a few. If you notice that your gums are bleeding you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Pocketing is a term used to describe gums that have receded, leaving the patient’s teeth looking long and gangly. This unsightly condition is a sure sign of gum disease. If the periodontal pockets become too deep, food will become lodged and impossible to clean out. Fortunately, this condition is easily prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.
Those with gum recession can find themselves with a condition known as “dentin hypersensitivity”, otherwise known as sensitive teeth. Individuals with dentin hypersensitivity will notice increased agitation with cold, hot, sweet, and even acidic foods and drinks. The condition can advance to the extent that even breathing cold air becomes unbearable. When combined with gum recession, these issues form a nasty concoction. If your gums are receding or inflamed, part of your tooth is exposed, opening it up to decay, wear, and sensitivity.
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