Gum disease? Me?

As a manager in a dentist office, is common to think that I am an expert in the matter. But no, definitely I have learned more about since my son got his braces than ever. Healthy pink gums can quickly become red and swollen from poor oral hygiene. Yes, it happens to dentist’s kids too. So, I started to read more about and found some interesting information that can come handy for you.

Recognizing gum disease

When teeth aren’t kept clean, bacteria start to grow in the mouth. That can cause inflammation and, over time, lead to gum disease. It doesn’t actually cause pain or discomfort as it begins making it more difficult to recognize, be aware of these symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Receding gum line
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Metal taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Sores in the mouth

Gum disease is associated with diabetes and heart disease

Diabetics more at risk for dental problems, emerging research suggests that the relationship between diseases is two-way. If blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, is more likely to develop serious gum disease and lose more teeth than non-diabetics. Like all infections, this can be a factor in causing blood sugar to rise and make diabetes harder to control. Other oral problems associated with diabetes include: thrush, an infection caused by fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth, soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

Healthy Gums, Healthy Heart

Gums are full of blood vessels, and the mouth full of bacteria. When periodontitis is present bacteria gets into the bloodstream. These bacteria can go anywhere and trigger inflammation throughout the body including the heart. With healthy gums, there is significantly less bacteria in the heart.

Martha ‘Chechi’  Restrepo
Office Manager – South Miami Family Dental