We’ve all heard the expression “everything is connected.” This is especially true when it comes to the body, and keeping the body healthy. Recent studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between gum (periodontal) disease and a host of other problems, including heart disease.

How Can You Tell if You Have Gum / Periodontal Disease?

You should be visiting a dentist every six months (more or less, depending on how well you take care of your teeth). We will tell you if we see any signs of gum disease, and can recommend a course of treatment.

At home, you should watch out for the following signs of gum disease:

  • Gums that appear to be swollen, red, or tender
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Pus that appears between the teeth and gums
  • Foul smelling breath
  • Brown deposits along the gum line that feel hard
  • Teeth that feel loose or which are moving apart
  • Changes in the fit of dental appliances

Don’t rely on your own assessment. If you have any concerns, book an appointment with us and we will be able to perform an accurate diagnosis. There are effective treatments available, and gum disease can be stopped before it causes more problems.

Remember: all of the body’s systems are connected, and all need to be taken care of regularly. Good dental hygiene and regular dental visits affect more than just your teeth. They are important for your overall health as well.