Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel that your teeth are so un-healthy? Are they bleeding even before you brush your teeth in the morning? Maybe there's a strange and thick taste in your mouth and your gums are always sore.
If you answered yes, it's actually quite probable that you have gum disease - also known as periodontal disease.
According to an oral health survey that was published in 2004, approximately 2 out of every 10 older Americans are edentulous, or toothless and considering many people haven't a clue that they have periodontal disease, the numbers are increasing each year.
Even further - are you African American? Take note as another study concluded that African Americans have a relatively common change in a single unit of DNA that may be associated with aggressive periodontitis.
Gum Disease Is Dangerous
Each year more and more studies are being done regarding the dangers of gum disease and the statistics are staggering. Research has found connections with periodontal disease and heart conditions, stroke, stomach troubles, diabetes as well as pregnancy. Very few people are aware that gum disease contributes to the following other physical ailments:
- Heart Disease
- Complications during pregnancy
- Heart Attacks
Those are some pretty serious diseases - it only makes sense to contact your dentist quite regularly to make sure your teeth are in proper order.
How Does Gum Disease Make Me Un-Healthy?
It's simple: tiny microbes that are in the plaque between your teeth and gums and in the food that is lodged between your teeth that eventually enters the the blood stream. These microbes move through your system and quite frequently be the cause of serious health troubles.
So What Do I Do?
You call your dentist and make an appointment. If you're a resident of Columbia and Irmo South Carolina you can contact Columbia dentist Dr. Gregory Wych and rest assured that regardless of your current condition he'll take care of you and make sure that you're on the right path to complete oral heath!