The connection between oral and overall health cannot be stressed enough. One of the best lines of defense in keeping your body safe from the bacteria in your mouth is your gums. Your gums are key in keeping your teeth, mouth and body healthy. Periodontal (gum) disease can do more than cause loose or lost teeth, it can lead to cardiovascular and respiratory problems and create complications for people living with diabetes.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

Indicators of gum disease include:

  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush, floss or eat
  • Gums that are red or even blue in color (healthy gums are pink)
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums

What are the causes of gum disease?

The primary cause of gum disease is the buildup or plaque and tartar, which is often a side effect of poor oral hygiene. Other factors can include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes and other diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic factors
  • Pregnancy

In the early stages of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis, our dentists may suggest strengthening your home health routine. There are also other treatments than address and even reverse the effects of gingivitis. When gum disease becomes more advanced, a condition called periodontitis, more intensive treatment may be required.

Schedule your appointment

If you are concerned about periodontal disease in La Jolla, California, call 858-454-2656 today to schedule an appointment at Dougherty Dental with one of our dentists, Paul E. Dougherty or Dr. Scott O. Szotko.