Today, a staggering three out of four American are suffering from some level of gum disease and its effects. That’s a big percentage, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly, by any means. Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that can result in serious pain, inflammation, and even the deterioration of bone and tissue in your mouth, resulting in the eventual loss of teeth altogether. Research has even shown that gum disease can contribute to serious conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
What’s worse is that gum disease isn’t always indicated by obvious symptoms like pain. At Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA, our team is committed to doing all we can to keep you healthy and happy, and that includes making sure you’re well-informed about the risk and symptoms of serious oral health issues such as gum disease. Here are the most common tell-tale signs:
- Red, swollen, and/or tender gums
- Constant bleeding that occurs while eating or flossing
- Bad breath that even mouthwashes and other treatments don’t fully help
- Receding gums (your teeth look longer)
- Pockets of pus forming between your teeth and gums
- Loose or wobbly teeth
- A change in the way your bite feels or fits together
However, even if you aren’t currently experiencing any of these symptoms, you could still be suffering from gum disease. If many cases, symptoms remain invisible until the disease has progressed into the last, most destructive stage. This is why regular check-ups with Dr. Sasson are very important to maintain. He’ll be able to notice more subtle indicators of gum disease and provide effective treatments quickly. This is especially important if you are at a higher risk. Risk factors include being 65 or older, if you smoke or use tobacco, if you suffer from system diseases such as diabetes or arthritis, or if you take certain medications such as oral contraceptives or anti-depressants. In a later blog post, we’ll discuss the revolutionary treatment we can offer you for gum disease here in Brookline, MA: Laser Periodontal Therapy™.
Don’t let your gum disease go untreated! Our team will help you feel your best, here at Boston Smile Center. Call us today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Sasson. Our Brookline dental office is easily accessible from Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, and Newton as well.