- April 30, 2013
As we’ve previously discussed in this blog, gum disease is one of the most common dental problems today, and also one that many people are completely unaware they’re suffering from, which can lead to devastating consequences down the road. In fact, advanced stages of gum disease don’t just negatively affect your mouth – the infection can spread to other areas of your body as well, resulting in increased risks for heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and respiratory disease, among other conditions. Here in the Philadelphia area, Dr. DiGiallorenzo and his staff take the threat of gum disease very seriously; that’s why they’ll thoroughly check your teeth and gums for any signs of the condition each time you come into either our Collegeville or Williamsport office. However, we understand that there might be times when you’re unable to come in for a check-up for an extended period of time. That’s why we’d like to provide you with a list of common symptoms/risk factors that suggest the presence of gum disease.
Noticeable symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath that isn’t helped by mouthwash
- Teeth that feel loose or are shifting
- Sudden changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
- Redness, swollenness, or tenderness in the gums
Additionally, there are many risk factors that make you more likely to develop gum disease over time. If one or more of these conditions fit you, practicing thorough oral hygiene at home is a must. These include:
- Pregnancy and puberty – dramatic hormonal changes often cause increased sensitivity all through the body, especially for women.
- Stress – this emotion can lower your body’s natural immune response, which can lead to more easily contracting infections.
- Medications – Certain medications, including oral contraceptives, heart medications, and anti-depressants, can cause your gums to be more susceptible to gum disease.
- Smoking – This habit and other forms of tobacco use definitely increase your risk.
- Diabetes – This disease can contribute to the development of gum disease.
Don’t let gum disease put a damper on your smile – Dr. DiGiallorenzo offers a variety of thorough, revolutionary tools that can heal your mouth and protect your teeth from undue damage. Contact either or Collegeville or Williamsport office today to schedule an appointment. We offer care to patients from all over the Philadelphia area and beyond!