If it ever develops, gum disease can become a serious threat to the long-term health of your smile. In fact, the severe form of gum disease (known as periodontitis) is the most frequent reason behind adult tooth loss. However, gum disease doesn’t always seem that severe, especially when it first develops, which can fool may people into waiting to treat it and allowing it to cause more significant damage. Today, we examine some of the more important of these concerns, and why preventing or controlling gum disease is so important to your oral health.
The threat that it can pose
One of the reasons why gingivitis doesn’t seem so severe at first is because its symptoms are relatively minor. For example, you might notice redness in your gums, or slight inflammation, but gingivitis doesn’t usually cause your gums to hurt at first. The lack of discomfort can create a false sense of security that your gum health isn’t in danger. However, underneath the minor symptoms, the infection in your gums causes significant damage to the tissues, ligaments, and bone structure that support your teeth roots. When this damage becomes severe enough, these structures become less able to support all of your teeth.
The speed with which it progresses
The thing about gum disease and other conditions that result from harmful oral bacteria is that they’re a constant threat. Bacteria constantly try to accumulate on your teeth and gums, and consistently metabolize nutrients to produce harmful substances. This can make gum disease develop before you even realize it, and it can allow the condition to grow worse much faster than you expect. It’s important to visit your dentist for treatment as soon as you notice any signs of gingivitis, or to schedule treatment as soon as possible if your dentist notices them during your routine examination.
The consequences after tooth loss
Gum disease can cause several different forms of damage to your gums and oral tissues, but the most impactful result is the chronic inflammation in your gum tissues. Inflammation is a response from your immune system to the presence of harmful oral bacteria in your gums. Yet, certain bacteria can fool your immune system and generate an unchecked inflammatory response. In your gums, this can lead to extensive destruction and eventual tooth loss. If left unchecked, however, you can be more likely to experience chronic inflammation in other areas of your body, such as your heart muscles and tissues.
Learn more about dealing with gum disease
For many people, gum disease can become the biggest concern for your oral health, and for your systemic wellbeing. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.