Oral Systemic Facts and FAQ
Do you have Periodontal Disease?
- Do your gums bleed?
- Do you have a bad taste in your mouth?
- Are your gums red or swollen?
- Do any of your teeth feel loose?
- Do you currently suffer from diabetes, heart disease, rhuematoid arthritis, osteopenia or an unusual amount of stress?
- Do you brush and floss at least twice a day?
- Do you have numerous fillings, bridges, crowns in your mouth?
- Are your gums loose or move away from your teeth?
- Is there an area where your gums have receded (moved up or down) and make your teeth appear longer?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, chances are you have some form of periodontal disease and need treatment. There is no cure for periodontal disease, it can only be maintained through proper and frequent supportive periodontal cleanings and proper home care. Once you have gum disease you will always have it, especially if one or more of the risk factors mentioned above are present and uncontrolled. Periodontal disease can be prevented provided none of the other risk factors are part of the equation with proper home care and consistent visits to your dentist or periodontist.