Detecting Gum Disease | El Cajon Dentist
Gum disease is something that can affect 3 out of 4 people in a lifetime. Gum disease is typically painless and you may not know you have it. Gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. As we mentioned it’s typically painless and can be hard to spot yourself. Below are some signs go gum disease to look for.
Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:
• Gums that bleed easily
• Red, swollen, tender gums
• Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
• Persistent bad breath or bad taste
• Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Factors such as smoking, pregnancy, and diabetes all contribute to an increased risk of developing gum disease. It is important to visit your dentist if you think you have gum disease because the sooner you seek treatment the better.
For more information on gum disease call Dr. Hunter in El Cajon, CA at 619-444-6157 or visit www.www.andrewhunterdds.com.
Dr. Hunter also proudly accepts patients from El Cajon, Santee, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, Granite Hills, and surrounding areas.