Gum disease typically begins as gingivitis which is characterized by swollen, red, bleeding, or receding gums. If not cared for in the beginning stages, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can destroy the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause you to lose your teeth and develop other serious health problems. Some serious diseases directly linked with periodontal diease include: heart attack, diabetes, respiratory infections, and stroke. Periodontal disease can not be cured, but it can be controlled with regular dental treatment. The removal of the harmful bacteria from the gums can help to stop the infection and the routine care during regular check-ups can keep it under control.
Yes. Gingivitis is a gum condition caused by harmful bacteria found in the plaque build-up on teeth that can lead to symptoms such as: bleeding, inflammation, and irritation.
If gingivitis is left untreated it can then progress into a more serious oral health conditions like periodontitis. Once periodontitis has developed, the inner layer of your gums and bone may begin to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. These “pockets” then become vulnerable to collecting small debris that could potentially infect the gums. The toxins that are collected in these areas can then begin to break down bone and tissue that hold your teeth in place. These pockets begin to deepen and the gums are further destroyed. If left untreated the teeth will no longer be anchored and tooth loss can occur.
- Redness and Inflammation of gums
- Bleeding while brushing and/or flossing
- Teeth starting to feel loose or unstable
- Chronic bad breath, even after brushing
- Development of painful mouth sores
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms please feel free to call our office and a member of our knowledgable team will be able to further assist you.