Gentle Dental Care Cares About Your Gums
- April 20, 2016
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Do you know what causes most incidences of adult tooth loss in the United States each year? Gum disease! Crazy, right?
Your gums don’t ever seem to get the same sort of attention as your pearly whites, but without a good, strong support structure, your smile would be nothing. That’s why we wanted to use today’s blog post to talk a bit about the stages of gum disease and all the associated concerns.
Hopefully you won’t ever have to deal with it. But the reality is that most adults in this country will have experienced some level of gum disease at some point in life. Rest assured that if it ever happens to you, we’ll be here to find the best possible solution for getting your oral health back on-track.
Gum Disease Comes Out Of Nowhere
We have found that gum disease is an increasingly common issue that, in its early stages, is not something that you will likely be able to spot with an untrained eye.
In the beginning it is known as gingivitis. At that point it will likely irritate your soft tissues. This infection stems from plaque or tartar that is missed by your brushing and left to cause problems in your mouth. But it won’t be enough of an issue to draw your attention.
However, that won’t be the case for long. The subsequent tenderness, bleeding, and swelling of your gums is sure to be easier to detect.
The bad news is that, by that time, the infection will have advanced into the second stage which is full-fledged periodontal disease. You definitely don’t want to experience that if you can at all avoid it!
Your Mouth Is The Primary Target
Here’s where things get nasty. It is little consolation that gum disease actually affects your gums and the bone that supports your teeth, not the teeth themselves. That’s because you will soon see your gums begin to pull away from your teeth as the bacteria weakens your gum tissue.
Even though your teeth may not technically be infected, they can still become loose enough to fall out because there will be nothing left to support them.
Your General Health Will Suffer Too
Besides losing teeth in a traumatic fashion, the rest of your body will also suffer consequences from this infection. There’s no telling what will happen if the infection gets loose in your bloodstream.
Reports have indicated that the bacteria that causes gum disease is also linked with many life-threatening illnesses. Some of them may surprise you!
Once gum disease bacteria begins making its way through your body, it can cause clots to form, lead to heart disease, and possibly result in a heart attack.
Gum disease is also linked with several forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer, which is generally caught late and difficult to treat.
We tell our diabetic patients to take extra special care of their teeth because gum disease can make it tough to keep blood sugar levels under control.
Once your blood sugar levels are out of sorts, your immune system gets out of order, which allows gum disease to continue spreading throughout your body without much resistance.
Choose The Easy Way
You can shape your destiny! It is true that horrible things can result from gum disease, but these are more or less preventable.
Just keep in mind that if you are brushing and flossing at home, and visiting our Plainville, CT dental office for a professional teeth cleaning every 3-6 months, you won’t have a lot to worry about.
Not surprisingly, our professional teeth cleanings can build on what you are doing on your own at home to keep plaque and tartar from gaining any ground. What’s more, our comprehensive dental exams will allow us to detect signs of gum disease early enough to shut it down before it gets a chance to run wild.
Take Control, Schedule Your Checkup!
Contact the Gentle Dental Care team right away to set up an appointment or consultation in our Plainville, CT dentistry office. We’ll be here ready to help!