Friday, January 31, 2014

Periodontitis is an infection of the tissues and bone that support the teeth. Untreated gum disease can become very serious, causing teeth to become loose or fall out. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition and what you can do to prevent it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems.

Signs and symptoms of periodontitis can include:

Swollen gums

Bright red or purplish gums

Gums that feel tender when touched

Receding gumline

New spaces developing between your teeth

Pus between your teeth and gums

Bad breath

Bad taste in your mouth

Loose teeth, and

A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. Periodontitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing and regular professional dental cleanings can greatly reduce your chance of developing periodontitis.

If your gums are puffy, dusky red and bleed easily, or show other signs or symptoms of periodontitis, see your dentist soon. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from periodontitis and preventing other serious health problems.

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