Funny thing is: An awful lot of those people don’t even know they have it. If you are not sure, you can get a diagnosis from a periodontist.
You can go to your regular dentist too, but often times, and there have has been a study that documented this, dentists don’t have the same focus on your periodontal health as periodontists do.
Therefore, regardless of your age and whether you think you have this disease or not, I suggest that you go and get checked. They will probe your pocket depths - that is the rim of tissue that surrounds your teeth.
By the way, another tell tale sign of periodontal disease is that you feel pain when they do the probing. That is a sign that your gums are inflamed, even if you are visibly unable to tell. When your gums are healthy, that probing doesn’t bother you at all.
When your tissue is diseased, it will feel as if someone is sticking pins into your gums! Believe me, I’ve been on both sides of that coin. When your gums are healthy, that probing doesn’t bother them… Keep this in mind when you go in to get checked.
Pocket depths: They should not be more than 3 millimeters - that is considered normal and healthy. 4, 5, 6, 7 and beyond is considered unhealthy and a sign of a diseased state.
About the author: David Snape wrote the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease ISBN:978-0981485508