The eyes may be the windows to your soul but your mouth, specifically your teeth and gums can be good indicators of serious health problems.
For example, periodontitis can be a possible early sign of diabetes mellitus, according to BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Having advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) can also put you at risk for osteoporosis.
The good news is gum disease can be prevented with good dental habits. That includes brushing your teeth after meals, flossing, and seeing a periodontist before it’s too late.
Not sure if you should see a periodontist right away? Here are 7 signs to watch out for.
1. Your Gums Are Red, Swollen, or Bleeding
In a previous post, we talked about reversing gum disease with a visit to a dentist. Here, we mentioned some of the signs of gum disease including red or irritated gums and bleeding gums after brushing or flossing.
Even if you think you might have just brushed or flossed a little too vigorously, you should still see a periodontist just to be sure. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums are often the first signs that bacteria are attacking your gums.
2. Your Gums Are Receding
This is one sign where you don’t have to Google “when to see a periodontist.” Just book an appointment as soon as you can. Receding gums, as well as the appearance of deep pockets between your teeth and gums both, mean the same thing.
Your gum disease is serious and you need periodontist’s treatment.
3. Your Teeth Have Become Ultra Sensitive
Does it hurt when you eat hot or cold foods and beverages? Gum disease makes teeth vulnerable, as it exposes more of the roots.
If you find that your teeth have become ultra sensitive or if chewing certain foods has become more challenging, consult a gum disease doctor asap.
4. You Have a Family History of Gum Disease
If you have a parent, sibling, or grandparent who has gum disease, it’s a good idea to see a periodontist.
Gum disease may run in families. And it wouldn’t hurt to ask a gums specialist for an evaluation.
5. You’re Pregnant
During pregnancy, the increased levels of hormones in your body can cause swelling and bleeding gums. Now, if you’re experiencing these symptoms, it doesn’t mean you have a periodontal disease. But it’s still good to see a professional so that it doesn’t actually lead to gum disease, which could result in tooth loss.
6. You Smoke
Smokers are more prone to gum disease because tobacco use hinders proper circulation to the gums. As you know, gums also need oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. When they’re not in tip-top shape, they have a harder time fighting off infections, which make them more susceptible to periodontal disease.
7. You’re 30 and Older
And you’ve never seen a periodontist ever. As a form of prevention, you need to see a periodontist so you can get an evaluation. If your gums are in good condition, great!
But if you need treatment, it’s always better to get it sooner rather than later.
Looking for a Periodontist?
If you live in the San Diego area, we can help. We offer different types of dental services including family dentistry, emergency services, cosmetic dentistry, restorations, and more.
Contact us today to book an appointment with a periodontist!