Persistent Bad Breath Among “Warning Signs” Of Gum Disease

HealthDay (8/18, Davis) reported that dental visits are important not only for teeth, but also for gums. The article explained that gum disease “can be difficult to catch,” and it can lead to periodontitis, which “has been associated with more serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes.” The article noted some medications, genetics, and lifestyle choices can increase the risk of developing gum disease, and “warning signs” that may indicate a problem include “bad breath that won’t go away; red, swollen, sensitive or receding gums or gums that bleed easily; and sensitive or loose teeth that make chewing difficult.” Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits can help lower the risk of gum disease.
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