Healthy oral habits can prevent issues that may lead to infections such as gum disease. This problem, also known as gingivitis, can be common in both children and adults; however, if it is left untreated, it may worsen and cause serious discomfort or cause secondary infections within the body. Oral treatments such as scaling and…
How Gum Disease Can Also Affect Your Teeth
Gum disease can cause some severe issues with teeth, including eventual teeth loss if gum disease is left untreated for too long. Fortunately, through in-office treatment and good oral hygiene practices at home between visits, patients can treat and prevent gum disease and protect their teeth long-term.
Reviewing how gum disease can affect your teeth
The gums (and underlying jawbone) are the support system for teeth. They hold the root of the teeth securely. Subsequently, if the gums or jawbone is damaged by gum disease, then it can cause the teeth to become loose or fall out over enough time, in addition to other potential concerns with teeth that gum disease can cause.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease or periodontitis, is an oral health disease that damages the gums and underlying bone. Periodontitis refers to a more progressive form of gum disease, and gingivitis a milder (yet still concerning) case of gum disease. Gum disease is typically the result of consistent acidic attacks caused by bacteria and particles from food and drinks and the build-up of plaque and tartar along and below the gum line.
Gum disease and its effect on teeth
The underlying jawbone, the gums, and the teeth are all interconnected. Any damage to the gums and jawbone could put the health of teeth in jeopardy as well. The dangers of leaving gum disease untreated include:
- Tooth infection
- Teeth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Teeth loss
Many times patients ignore the seriousness of gum disease as it does not cause discomfort. However, the failure to treat gum disease can (and most likely will) lead to teeth loss at some point.
The early signs of gum disease
Of course, receiving treatment for gum disease first starts with a diagnosis. While some symptoms require an oral examination and dental X-rays during a dental check-up, patients can check for some symptoms regularly at home. The primary symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gum swelling
- Bleeding gums
- Gum pockets
- Gum recession
- Bone loss in the jaw
Dentists conduct an assessment of the patient’s periodontal health on every visit and conduct regular X-rays to ensure any symptoms of gum disease are detected as early as possible.
How to prevent gum disease between check-up visits
Of course, prevention is a much better strategy for dealing with gum disease than treatment. By practicing good oral hygiene, limiting the consumption of foods and drinks that may contribute to gum disease, and visiting the dentist regularly, gum disease can often be avoided. Be sure to speak with the dentist about ways to prevent gum disease while in between check-up visits.
Schedule a check-up visit for your periodontal health today
If you have any early or progressive symptoms of gum disease, then reach out to our dental team today to schedule a check-up visit. During your first visit, we can examine the status of your gum health and teeth and put together a treatment plan to deal with any oral health concerns you may have.
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