The Risks of Gum Disease

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Gum disease, or as it’s formally called, periodontitis, is a serious condition that affects 64.7 million Americans. Gum disease is, at its most basic level, an infection of gum tissue, which causes inflammation and at its peak, tooth loss. In addition, there is a proven link between oral health and overall wellness; contracting gum disease puts you at risk for serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes.

Periodontitis progresses in a few stages. It’s earliest form is gingivitis. Early symptoms include red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing as well as problems with chronic bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with Twins Family Dentistry to explore treatment options. If gingivitis is resolved early it can save you from several complications

If gingivitis goes ignored, it can develop into the more serious form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. This degree of infection in the gum tissue can cause you gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This enables pockets of infection to form deep within the gum tissues. In time it can even cause a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth.

You don’t want to lose your teeth, as implants can be costly and time-consuming. In addition, losing your teeth to gum disease means that your jawbone is at risk for deterioration as well. The same bacteria that affect your gums can have a hugely negative impact on your jaw bones.

If you believe you’re suffering from periodontitis, reach out to Dr. Pantea Nooraee today to schedule a consultation.