Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal gum disease is a very common dental condition that many people suffer from. It is described as an advanced gum infection that destroys the jawbone and damages the gums.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

There are a variety of symptoms that are common with this type of disease.

  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Swollen red gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gum lines (teeth appear longer)
  • Lingering bad breath

Who Can Get Gum Disease?

Gum disease is prevalent among adults in their 30s and 40s. Statistics have shown that men are more prone to gum disease than women. People with diabetes are more likely to get gum disease. Smokers also have a higher risk of getting the disease. Here are a few more risk factors:

  • Certain medications can trigger gum disease.
  • Hormonal shifts in women and girls.
  • AIDS and cancer patients are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
  • Poor diet and improper dental care

If any of your immediate family members has suffered from gum disease, it can also increase your risk. The good news is that regular dental checkups and proper care of your teeth can greatly reduce your risk of getting the disease.


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