The Hazards of Gum Disease


According to the American Dental Association, “one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over” suffers from at least one form of gum disease.  If left untreated gum disease can have catastrophic consequences for your smile.  It can lead to pain, bleeding, swelling and the loss of teeth.

Treating Gum Disease in Florence

But there’s good news about gum disease—it’s almost entirely preventable by practicing sensible preventative dental care.  Healthy eating habits, good daily dental hygiene, and regular dental checkups can prevent gum disease from ever establishing a stronghold in your mouth.  If you are already suffering from gum disease, however, it is essential that you see your dentist right away.  This is not a problem that’s going to go away on its own.

The Symptoms of Gum Disease

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you are probably suffering from gum disease:

  • Loose teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Teeth shift so they don’t fit together when you bite down
  • Pain while brushing
  • Bleeding while brushing
  • Bad breath
  • Gaps in between your teeth
  • Red and swollen gums

The Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that grows inside the plaque and tartar on your teeth.  Plaque is the thin, sticky film that develops on your teeth after a meal.  If this plaque is not removed by regular brushing and flossing, it can harden and become tartar, the calcified deposit that feels rough on the back of your teeth.  When bacteria solidifies into tartar, it can have extremely detrimental results for your smile.  And it can only be removed by as dental hygienist.

Two Stages of Gum Disease—Gingivitis and Periodontitis

There are two stages of gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis.  Gingivitis is the less severe variety of the ailment.  If it’s caught early, gingivitis can usually be treated without resorting to surgery or other invasive treatments.  Scheduling regular checkups and following a healthy regimen of good oral hygiene are key to containing this situation before it gets out of hand.

Unfortunately, if your gingivitis is left untreated it can develop into periodontitis, a far more serious condition.  At this point, the infection has set deep into your gums, and the risk of losing one or more teeth is acute.

Effects of Gum Disease on Your Health

In addition to destroying your smile, gingivitis can also lead to several dangerous medical conditions, including:

  • Tooth loss
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Complications with pregnancy

Contact Advanced Dental Care Today for a Full Checkup

At Advanced Dental Care in Florence, we want to help you eradicate gum disease before it gets out of hand.  Contact us today to schedule a checkup so we can help eliminate the threat of gum disease from your life.

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