One of the first signs of gum disease people notice is bleeding gums. Bleeding that persists for more than a day or two can be an indication that you might have a serious infection. It is always best to have it checked to rule our periodontal (gum) disease.
Gum disease can hurt more than your teeth. Did you know scientists linked gum disease to other systemic illnesses such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory illness? Gum disease is serious, and with half of Americans not going to the dentist regularly, it’s no surprise that it is incredibly common, even in children.
Failure to brush and floss, lack of professional dental care, and overall lifestyle habits can contribute to gum disease and put your life at risk.
It Is Contagious
To top it all off, the bacteria from gum disease is communicable. That’s right; bacteria from gum disease can transfer from one person to the next, so if someone in your house has gum disease, you might want to suggest they seek treatment.
Stop It Before It's Too Late!
Other signs of gum disease include bad breath, gum recession, swelling, redness, sensitivity, and pain when brushing and flossing.
In its early stages, gum disease is reversible, so seeking treatment immediately is important.