Gum disease, also known as Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis, is more dangerous than you probably realize. While it may seem like just a little gum inflammation, under the surface it has a much larger impact.
You can have gum disease and not realize it. Common symptoms include bleeding and inflammation, but sometimes there are no signs or the issues are not seen because they are in the back of your mouth. If you have not seen the dentist or had a professional teeth cleaning in a year or more, you probably have it.
It’s easy to postpone dental care or think your gums are just a little irritated and it’s not that important, but the truth is gum disease is something to take seriously. Here’s why:
1. Gum Disease is a Bacterial Infection: While it may not look that serious, periodontal disease happens when bacteria attack your gums and the bone that supports your teeth.
2. It Can Impact Your Overall Health: Untreated infections in your mouth can tax the resources of your immune system and create a state of chronic inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to many serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Bacteria in your mouth can also get into your blood stream easily through the thin tissue of your mouth or when they are swallowed.
3. It is the Number One Cause of Tooth Loss: Gum disease bacteria eat away at the gums and bone that supports your teeth, putting them at risk for becoming loose and falling out or needing to be removed.
4. It Can Cause Negative Outcomes in Pregnancy: Gum disease has been linked to pre-term and low birth weight babies. Taking care of your mouth is an important part of taking care of your baby.
5. It May Affect the Appearance of Your Smile: Even if you don’t lose teeth your gums will likely recede, making your teeth look longer or creating spaces and gaps that look unsightly.
When you take care of your gums you are protecting your teeth, smile and overall health.
It’s easy to do. Brush and floss daily and stay current with dental exams and professional cleanings at recommended intervals.
And, don't forget, we can help. Our goal is to support you and your dental health so you can enjoy a healthy happy smile.
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