Maintaining your gum health is vital to your overall health. When you visit our Merrillville dental office for an examination, our trained hygienists perform a periodontal exam. In fact, during your examination, our dental team is quietly assessing your oral health by performing a number of checks. Here’s what you need to know about periodontal disease.
Many Names, One Illness
Signs & Symptoms
Periodontal disease may be marked by swollen and red gums. Bleeding, especially while brushing and flossing, may also occur. Another symptom of periodontal disease is persistent bad breath. If you experience any of these symptoms regularly, please contact our office.
Periodontal Disease Can Impact Your Overall Health
Your gum health is linked to your overall health. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding gums, gum recession, and tooth loss. The effects of periodontal disease extend well beyond your mouth. In fact, according to the American Academy of Periodontology, the disease can increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
While you may think of your teeth as the primary reason to visit our Merrillville office for a regular examination, understand that our dental team is looking beyond your teeth to assess your oral health and potential impacts on your overall health. Talk to our experienced dental team if you experience any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease. Our dental team in Merrillville is trained to identify signs of periodontal disease. When detected early and managed properly, periodontal disease is treatable.
Merrillville Dental Center
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303 W. 89th Ave Suite E-2
Merrillville, IN 46410