We’ve pointed out in the past that the most common problem with people over 35 is some sort of gum disease. In fact, statistics show that over 70% of that age group suffer from gum disease.
Gum disease takes two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis occurs when bacteria collect in tiny pockets at the gum line, causing inflammation. The most common symptoms are bleeding when teeth are brushed and persistent bad breath. Gingivitis accounts for about 70% of gum disease. Periodontitis makes up the other 30%.
If gingivitis goes untreated, the inflammation can invade connective tissue and even bone. This causes periodontitis.
Symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Receding gums
- Visible pockets of inflammation along the gum line
- Gum pain
- Unusual sensitivity to temperature changes
It is the latter form of gum disease, periodontitis that is the most serious. Depending on how advanced it is, it may be difficult to treat or reverse. Gingivitis, however, is very treatable.
If you have any of those symptoms, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible. You want to catch gum disease as early as possible and ensure it doesn’t get worse. Because, eventually, even the healthiest teeth can become loose and even fall out.
Call us with any questions. We’re always available to answer them.