Did you know that an estimated 47% of the adult population over the age of thirty has gum disease? The older you get, the higher the risk, but the good news is that it’s totally preventable. This is why it’s important to establish good health habits while young. Gum disease often begins as gingivitis, which creates red or inflamed gums that bleed easily after brushing and flossing. This may also include chronic bad breath.
Without professional diagnosis and treatment at Dr. Lara Perry’s Seguin, Texas clinic or improvements to your oral hygiene routine, the infection in your gum tissues will continue to deteriorate. Eventually, it will develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
This level of infection can cause your gums to pull back from your teeth, creating pockets of infection near the roots of the teeth. In time, this may even lead to a loss of structure in your jawbone.
Ongoing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and other medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. While it can’t create these conditions, gum disease can increase its symptoms and decrease one’s options for treatment.
If you live in the Seguin, Texas area and you suspect you have periodontal disease, call 830-379-8902 to seek treatment with Dr. Lara Perry as soon as possible.