Gum disease is a severe problem that can seriously disrupt your health by potentially leaving you at an increased risk of diabetes, heart attack, or stroke. It is also one of the most common bacterial infections in America that patients with diabetes, gingivitis, weak immune systems, or other health problems may be at risk of. However, the general cause of gum disease is well known, and we should be able to help you deal with this disease by monitoring your gums at your regularly scheduled dental appointments.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins with plaque, a sticky film on your teeth that is partially composed of bacteria. This bacteria can cause both tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque needs to be brushed off your teeth and gum lines twice a day to stop it from building up. If it does, then it can calcify into tartar which can only be removed by us at your appointment. The tartar contains the same harmful bacteria, and you may eventually develop gingivitis. This is the precursor to gum disease, and it can cause irritation, swelling, and bleeding in your gums when you brush or floss. If you experience these symptoms, you should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.
When gingivitis is left untreated, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth, which can create pockets that fill with bacteria. These pockets can become worse and worse, eventually causing gum disease that can ravage your gum tissue and jaw bone. This infection can even cause you to lose teeth if it is not treated.
Gum Disease and Other Health Problems
Researchers are studying how gum disease may be a cause of other health issues. For instance, studies have shown that the problem may lead to low blood glucose control, causing diabetes. Nevertheless, more research is needed to determine an exact link between gum disease and other health problems.
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