Dr. Tiffany Shields is your Jacksonville dentist for effective preventive care to avoid gum disease. Gum disease, however, may sneak up on you even when you’re doing everything right. Gum disease is typically caused by three factors: bad oral hygiene, smoking, and genetic susceptibility. Many patients don’t show symptoms until their 30’s and 40’s, though teenagers can often have gingivitis, which is the milder form of the disease.
Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease and can even increase your risk for heart attack or stroke. Bacteria can be inhaled or enter your blood through the gums, leading to complications and trouble with your heart and lungs.
You may have early signs of gum disease if you notice constant bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums, or loose or sensitive teeth. The condition is treatable with deeper cleanings and more regular mouth-maintenance at home. If you’re concerned about gum disease or have any questions, contact your Jacksonville Fl Dentist today!