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Have you noticed that your gums bleed easily when you brush and floss? Or do they appear red and swollen? These are common symptoms of gum disease, a progressive condition affecting the health and function of your oral structures (gums, bone, and teeth). In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults! It’s a good idea not to put off gum disease treatment if you’re showing signs. Here are three reasons why:
Gum disease won’t go away on its own.
Gum disease is a progressive condition, meaning once it develops, it will continue to worsen unless your periodontist intervenes with treatment. It’s important to seek treatment at the first signs of gingivitis, the only stage of gum disease that is reversible. Otherwise, gum disease can only be managed with routine periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months after initial treatment.
Gum disease harms more than your gums.
Tender, swollen, and bleeding gums are only the first problems that occur when a person suffers from gum disease. Over time, the bacteria that causes the initial inflammatory response with the gum tissues will damage the jawbone beneath. If both gum tissue and bone are harmed because of the infection, the risk for loose teeth and tooth loss is significantly increased.
Gum disease affects your systemic health.
Numerous studies show that chronic inflammation and bacteria from untreated gum disease are directly linked to systemic health complications, including diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, and stroke. The presence of these conditions makes it more likely for gum disease to develop due to a compromised immune system. Similarly, having gum disease can aggravate these conditions and make them more difficult to control or treat.
Schedule Your Evaluation
If you believe you have gum disease or you’ve been putting off treatment, now’s the time to act! Schedule an evaluation with your local periodontist today.
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