Taking care of your teeth is an important regimen that should not be taken lightly. If you do not brush properly and floss regularly, you may find yourself experiencing gum disease. Not only can gum disease result in discomfort in your mouth, it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
Gum disease starts with the inflammation of the gums – gingivitis. They may feel uncomfortable, look discolored or swollen, or bleed when brushing or flossing. You may also have bad breath. These are typically the first signs for concern. Untreated, the condition of your gums will worsen into periodontitis. The gums will pull away from your natural teeth, which causes pockets of space between the gum line and the roots of your teeth. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can seep into these spaces and infect your mouth. Over time, the gums will loosen further from the teeth and the bone will deteriorate, causing your teeth to fall out. You may also experience tooth decay in conjunction with the gum disease. Losing your natural teeth is an irreversible effect of periodontal disease.
Gum disease can impact the health of your entire body. There is a scientific link between your oral health and your systemic health. This is because bacteria and infection inside of your mouth can spread through the bloodstream resulting in serious medical concerns, including increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes.
Deep cleanings and proper education on oral health will get you on your way to reversing the effects of periodontal disease.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of gum disease and to take early steps in treatment to avoid permanent damage to your mouth. By taking care of your oral health, you will experience better overall medical health as well.