It can be easy to postpone dental care when you think symptoms are minor. Gingivitis and periodontal gum disease can look like just a little gum irritation or bleeding, but put your teeth and health at risk.
We want you to take the health of your gums seriously, and here is why:
Gum disease is a bacterial infection. It’s just as important to treat as an infection in any other part of your body. An untreated infection will only get worse, tax your immune system, and lead to an eventual emergency. Besides, who wants an overload of bacteria swimming in their mouth?
It can Impact Your Overall Health. Bacteria in your mouth can get into your blood stream easily when you swallow, which is definitely not a good thing. When left untreated, it can also create a state of chronic inflammation that is also not good for your body. There have also been studies linking poor oral health to serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
It’s even more important to keep your gums healthy when you are pregnant. Gum disease has been linked to pre-term and low birth weight babies. Taking care of your mouth is an important step in taking care of your baby.
It’s the number one cause of tooth loss. Periodontal conditions eat away at the gums and bone that supports your teeth, putting them at risk for falling out or needing to be removed.
It can make your gums recede. Gum recession can also lead to tooth loss and other challenges as more and more areas of your teeth are exposed.
It can make you want to hide your smile. Even if you don’t lose teeth, smiles with gum disease are seldom smiles you feel confident sharing with the world.
Keep in mind that if it has been over 6 months since you have had a professional teeth cleaning it is likely the process of bacteria growth leading to gum disease is already starting.
If you are concerned about the health of your gums or looking for a dentist in the Orange County area, we would love to meet you. Give us a call.
714.633.2562 Orange CA KN Dentistry