Gum disease happens when there is inflammation in the gum line. If untreated, it can affect the bone around your teeth. There are three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Regular dental cleaning is a good way to prevent gum disease. Age, diet, genetics and smoking can affect your chances of getting gum disease.
Research shows that there is an association between periodontal diseases and chronic inflammatory conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Treating inflammation may not only help improve periodontal diseases but may also help with other inflammatory conditions.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Tender, swollen, red or bleeding gums
- Receding gums or gums that move away from the tooth
- Persistent bad taste in mouth or bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Pus surrounding the gums and teeth
Health Risk of Gum Disease
Having healthy gums is an important part of your overall well-being. Gum disease can cause pain, difficulty eating, bad breath, loss of teeth and more.
Not only do individuals with diabetes have a higher of getting gum disease, but gum disease will also affect the severity of their diabetes. The bacteria found in plaque can be inhaled into the lungs and may cause a lung infection or condition. This can happen to you even if you don’t have gum disease, but have lots of plaque. It is especially important for pregnant women to take care of their teeth and gums since the hormonal changes caused by pregnancy can increase the risk of the expectant mother to develop gingivitis or periodontal disease. These oral diseases can cause low birth weight and premature birth. Expecting mothers should seek treatment if they have periodontal disease in order to reduce the risk of pre- and post-natal issues.
Bacteria from plaque can collect in gums to cause an inflammation, where the body destroys both the gum and bone tissue. If untreated, the bone tissue can start to erode, which can lead to loose or shifting teeth and in some cases may cause tooth loss.
Don’t Lose Your Teeth to Gum Disease
From preventative treatment to restorative solutions, Dr. Soufi and his team of dental assistants can help you preserve the integrity of your mouth. A set of teeth is too important to jeopardize. For practical advice and the upkeep of your smile, don’t hesitate to book a personal consultation with us today.