If you haven’t been all that strict with yourself regarding oral hygiene and regular check-ups with your dentist, then the proof can often be in the pudding. Not only do your teeth not look at their best, but you can be more at risk of diseases and conditions that relate to a poor oral hygiene standard. Nearly 23 percent of Australians have moderate or severe gum disease (periodontitis), and you might be at risk.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis, also called gum disease, is a disease that comes without warning signs. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t see it coming. Poor oral hygiene is one of the leading causes. Gum disease is a result of plaque building up between your teeth and gums. As bacteria grows, it causes inflammation in your gums.
Without treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, gum recession, and deterioration of both the bone and gums. Extensive research now also shows that there could be a link between gum disease, diabetes, and heart disease.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease is not something that rears its head as soon as you forget to brush your teeth. Instead, it’s a progressive disease that slowly worsens. When it’s in its advanced stages, you may start to notice symptoms. Hopefully, you’ve made a dentist appointment before it gets to this stage.