According to the World Health Organization, reports showed that 85% of adults in the US have a type of gum disease, and most are not aware of it. Various symptoms of gum disease include: swollen, red, tender, bleeding or receding gums; sensitive teeth; obvious plaque, tartar or calculus; persistent bad breath; spaces developing between teeth; or loose or mobile teeth. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is another common symptom. These symptoms occur because the body’s immune system is responding to an infection caused by “bad” bacteria in the gums. People usually ignore the symptoms or don’t take them too seriously, since they probably cannot see the infected regions of the gums. Just as you would take care of an open wound on your hand, the open wound in your mouth should be remedied.
Why is it so important to treat gum disease as soon as you know that you have it? Well, gum disease has been linked to major ailments such as:
- Preterm/Babies with Low Birthweight
- Respiratory Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Type II Diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Blood Clots and Strokes
Knowing this, you should go to the dentist and have him/her diagnose the problem. The dentist will probably propose a solution to the gum disease (and bad breath!) that includes getting rid of the bad bacteria. There is also something called PerioTherapy, which is a long-term cure to gum disease. When treating gingivitis/periodontitis, one must be diligent, otherwise the gum disease can return.