The dangers of untreated gum disease are likely more severe than you think. Not only will gum disease wreak all sorts of havoc on your teeth and mouth, it can increase your chances of having heart and lung problems as well.
Your mouth has direct access to all the most important parts of your body. When an infection is allowed to persist for a decade or longer, that infection spreads to other parts of the body. In this article, we’ll discuss the dangers of untreated gum disease and what dentists do to treat these types of infections.
Gum Disease By the Numbers
A study of 3,742 random adults aged 30 and over were selected for a study on gum disease. Of these individuals, 47% showed signs of periodontitis. Of the 47% who showed signs of gum disease, 38.5% showed signs of moderate to advanced periodontitis with only 8.5% showing signs of mild periodontitis.
Those numbers are shocking.
Understanding Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. The bacteria that causes gum diseases causing inflammation, swelling, and bleeding.
The early stages of gum disease are called gingivitis which is an inflammation of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque. Plaque forms in the pockets where your gums meet your teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it forms what’s called a calculus also known as tartar. Tartar is very difficult to remove and will continue to build up over time.
If left untreated, gingivitis will become periodontitis which is a more advanced stage of gum disease. Once the tartar deposits expand below the surface of your teeth and advance into the gumline, you have periodontitis. This causes your gums to separate from the teeth and bone that the gums secure. This causes your teeth to loosen, among other things. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss, persistent bad breath, bleeding, and pain while chewing.
The infection will continue to advance until it’s not just your gums that are affected but your jawbone also.
Treating Advanced Gum Disease
The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it entirely. This means brushing twice a day and flossing twice a day. Tobacco use is also a risk factor for gum disease.
Gum doctors will treat advanced gum disease by scaling the gums. This means that they will remove any built-up tartar that has accrued in your gums. They will then do something called root planing which smooths out the surface of the root and makes it easier for the gums to heal and correctly bond to the tooth.
Talk to Peak Family Dental Care Today
If you are concerned about your gums, give the Flagstaff dentists at Peak Family Dental Care a call today. We will take a look at your gums and then remove the source of the bacteria setting you back on the path to having healthy teeth and gums.