The most common symptom of periodontitis is bleeding gums. Bleeding gums may occur when brushing or flossing, which is not considered normal. Other signs of periodontitis include: – bad breath – swollen or receding teeth – loose teeth – changes in your bite.
Periodontitis is not uncommon and periodontal disease affects approximately 50% of the population of ages 30 and older.
The connection between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease is the iInflammation of the gums is closely related to inflammation of the neck and heart arteries. Inflammation is a major factor in destabilizing plaque in artery walls. Strokes and heart attacks are caused by the destruction of arterial plaques.
People with periodontitis should undergo a complete physical examination and blood pressure measurement each year. You should also watch for diabetes, high cholesterol, and a family history of early deaths due to cardiovascular disease. Your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes and treatment if necessary.
To keep your periodontal tissue healthy, talk to your dentist about proper home care and an effective teeth cleaning routine. Your dentist may recommend medications such as prescription antimicrobial mouthwashes or oral antibiotics.
Your dentist may also suggest testing your saliva for the presence of certain bacterial oral pathogens and evaluating inflammatory and genetic risk factors.
It’s not just about saving your teeth, it’s also about saving your life.
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