Approximately 70% of the population has some form of periodontal (gum)disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and bone tissue that can lead to tooth loss. Recent research has shown periodontal disease may be linked to several common medical problems including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
If you have any of these symptoms, please call for an appointment to prevent problems from progressing further.