Have you brushed or flossed recently and noticed some blood on your toothbrush or floss? If so, you should be concerned! A lot of people call it gum disease, but it is actually called Periodontal Disease, and it is a disease that affects your gum tissue AND the bone around your teeth. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of Americans ages 30 and over have periodontal disease. It’s a very serious condition.
The first signs of it are red, swollen or inflamed gums. The gums are reacting to a harmful bacteria. The gum tissue actually pulls away from the tooth because of the bacteria. This causes deep pockets between your teeth and gums, which makes it harder for you to clean your teeth with a normal toothbrush. As the disease progresses, the bacteria actually destroys your gum tissue and eventually the bone. This is what causes people to loose their teeth, there is less and less bone holding the tooth in your jaw. Most people think tooth loss is just something that happens with old age, but that’s not true, it is usually because of periodontal disease.
If you think you have something like periodontal disease, or even if you just want to make sure you DON’T have it, give us a call, we would be happy to let you know! 915-921-6200