It sneaks into your mouth slowly, sometimes silently and painlessly, and steals your teeth! This horrible creature, called gum disease or periodontal disease, affects over 75% of adults at some time and causes them more tooth loss than cavities do.
Caused by plaque bacteria that attack gums, supporting tissues and even bones, periodontal disease may display warning signs such as:
Factors increasing gum disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, lack of professional regular dental cleanings, family history, especially crooked teeth, pregnancy, diabetes and certain medications. Not to worry – when detected in earlier stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. Let Sunshine Smiles Dental Care check your gums today and help ward off that sneaky attacker!