Many have heard of gum disease, but if you’re like most people, you probably don’t know much about it. It’s caused by the spreading of bacteria and infection into your gums, and it can lead to several very dangerous conditions.
When bacteria and other particles are introduced to the mouth, they multiply and form plaque on your teeth. Plaque that is not properly removed by brushing and flossing can form into tartar which is a harder substance which can’t be cleaned off by simple brushing. If this tartar is left unchecked, it can cause you to get gum disease.
As gum disease progresses, it causes your gums to become inflamed and weak. This can lead to you having the strange sensation that your teeth are little loose. You may also experience pain while chewing, sensitive teeth, or you may notice that your teeth look longer than they should, because the gums have receded. The potential dangers of gum disease include:
Damage to teeth. Because gum disease weakens your gums’ ability to stabilize the teeth, one of the great risks of gum disease is losing a tooth. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause for tooth loss among adults.
Increased blood sugar. If you have diabetes, you probably already know that this can be a big problem.
Heart disease. The American Academy of Periodontology has shown that individuals with gum disease are twice as likely to get coronary artery disease.
Potential pregnancy issues. Because pregnant women have unusually high levels of progesterone and estrogen, the gum tissues tend to become more reactive plaque. As a result, pregnant mothers are at higher risk of contracting gum disease, and should especially maintain their oral health by practicing good oral hygiene.
Dr. Trujillo, a periodontist in Phoenix, strongly recommends that patients come in for checkups if they are noticing bleeding gums or other symptoms that could be a sign of gum disease. All of us at Arizona Periodontal Group are e a kind, well-trained, team, and we know you’ll be happy you visited us!
Luckily, the treatment for preventing gum disease is relatively easy! Just brush and floss regularly, and come in periodically for a professional cleaning. Dr Trujillo, and the staff at Arizona Periodontal Group, we aspire to provide some of the best gum disease treatment in Phoenix. Make an appointment today to change your life and improve your smile!