Gum Disease 1

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

If you have been told you have periodontal disease, youre not alone. Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of this condition. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at gum disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:

gums that bleed easily

red, swollen, tender gums

gums that have pulled away from the teeth and

persistent bad breath or bad taste

See your dentist if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.