Facts About Gum Disease That May Surprise You [BLOG]
You always hear about the importance of regular dental care, but you may not be as familiar as to why it’s so important. After all, you brush and floss regularly, and you don’t see or feel any signs of dental problems, so what’s the big deal?
That’s what our team at the LANAP & Implant Center want to talk about in today’s blog. The big deal about your oral health and how it connects to your health overall. Our team specializes in helping patients achieve optimum oral health.
One of the ways we do that is with state-of-the-art laser technology that allows us to revive your teeth and gums that have been damaged by gum disease. But ultimately, our goal is to help patients avoid problems with their periodontal health in the first place.
So we’re sharing some facts about gum disease that may surprise you. We hope it inspires you to put your gum health at the top of your priority list for a healthier, more beautiful smile!
Troubling Truth About Gum Disease
As unpleasant as it may seem, the fact is that your mouth is full of both good and bad bacteria. When the harmful bacteria in your mouth have a chance to feed off of the sugars from your food and drinks, it creates acids that have your teeth and gums under constant attack.
If given the opportunity, the bad bacteria will thrive on your gums’ surface and begin the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. Once it gets inside the gumline, it can advance and cause more serious problems that threaten your smile and your overall health.
Gum Disease Infection Can Spread
Once the bacteria infect your gums, that infection can spread throughout your body without proper care from a dental professional. Studies have linked gum disease infection to other health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Just like any infection, it must be stopped by a professional before it has a chance to spread to the rest of your body.
Pregnancy & Gum Health
Although scientists aren’t clear on the causal relationship between pregnancy and gum disease, findings do show a connection. Research has shown a link between gum disease and premature birth and low birth weight, so pregnant women should be extra vigilant about their dental care.
Gum Disease Is A Leading Cause Of Tooth Loss
Bacteria around and under your gumline will lead to inflammation of the gum tissue, causing it to recede. The domino effect of gum recession has begun, and your teeth can become loose, they shift around, and in some cases, fall out. This process is why gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
At the LANAP & Implant Center, we’ve helped patients from all over the country who’ve been affected by tooth loss. With dental implants, you can have a strong, stable, complete set of replacement teeth that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Gum Disease Is Sneaky
One of the most troubling truths about gum disease is how sneaky it is! There are warning signs you can look out for, but many times, gum disease can take hold of your mouth without you even realizing it. Not every dental problem reveals itself in obvious ways, but here are some things you can be looking for:
-Inflamed, irritated, tender, or bleeding gums
-Loosening or shifting teeth
-Chronic bad breath
Again, gingivitis can come without any obvious symptoms. Gum disease can advance very slowly over time without you knowing it. That’s why we can’t stress enough the value of regular dental care so that our skilled professionals can detect potential threats to your teeth and gums before they have a chance to cause real, lasting damage.
Schedule An Appointment With Us!
If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, make sure to see us at least twice a year. Even if you’ve been affected by gum disease, we have the experts and the technology to get your teeth and gums back in good shape for a healthy, beautiful smile!
For your best periodontal health, schedule an appointment with our team! Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.