Gum Disease Can Take You By Surprise
- March 16, 2017
We have found that gum disease is an increasingly common issue that, in its early stages at least, is not something that you will likely be able to spot without a well-trained eye. Still, left alone, it can eventually lead to tooth loss and much worse. That’s why we talk about gum disease a lot at our Plainville, CT dentist’s office. And that is why Dr. Peltzer has focused so much energy on preventing and treating this condition early on.
In The Beginning…
In the beginning gum disease is referred to 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 probably won’t be enough of an issue to cause you to notice. A little bleeding when you brush may be the only warning sign you get. Don’t worry, that won’t be the case for long. The subsequent tenderness, more regular bleeding, and swelling of your gums is sure to be easier to detect.
The unfortunate part is that, by that time, the infection will have advanced into the later stage which is known as periodontal disease. You definitely will want to sidestep this if at all possible.
At First Only Your Mouth Is Under Attack
Gum disease affects your gums and the bone that supports your teeth, not the teeth themselves. The distinction is slight. And 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. Gum disease is actually the #1 reason for adult tooth loss in the U.S.!
The Rest Of Your Body Will Suffer Too
In addition to causing you to lose teeth in a traumatic manner, the rest of your body will also suffer consequences from this infection. All bets are off if the infection gets loose in your bloodstream. In recent studies, the bacteria that causes gum disease has also been linked to many life-altering illnesses.
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.
Dr. Peltzer Can Help
Look, while it is true that nasty things can result from gum disease, these are more or less preventable. 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 much to worry about.
You see, our professional-grade teeth cleanings can build on what you are doing on your own at home to keep plaque and tartar from gaining any ground. Beyond that, our comprehensive dental exams will allow us to detect signs of gum disease early enough to be able to use conservative treatments.
Save Your Smile Today!
At Gentle Dental Care, we are dedicated to preventing and curing gum disease. Get in touch with our team right away to set up an appointment or consultation in our Plainville, CT dentist’s office. You can call 860-479-2397, or use our online form to save your smile today!