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The Effects of Neglecting Gum Disease Treatment

October 30, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Haejin Lee
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Gum disease is an extremely common issue. Gum disease happens when plaque and bacteria form on the gum line of the teeth, causing the gums to become inflamed. There are three stages of severity when it comes to this condition; gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. 

When you don't Treat Gum Disease

When you don't treat gum disease at the early stages, it can progress into more serious gum disease first. When caught and treated quickly, sometimes it can be halted all together. However, if the condition is caught at a late stage, it can result in the need for life-long treatments, and on a more regular basis than your normal cleanings. This can be much more costly as well. 

Gum disease has also been shown to create a greater risk for other serious health conditions. This includes heart disease, stroke, premature births, diabetes, and respiratory disease. When left untreated, the condition will break down the bones that surround your teeth, and eventually can cause tooth loss in addition to severe decay. It also gives time for the plaque on the teeth to harden, which promotes even more plaque and bacteria to form. 

While many people who experience gum disease do not have pain, it's important to look out for the signs of this complication. Here are some common symptoms: 

  • Receding gums, or gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Loose teeth in adults
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing regularly
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

These are just some of the signs of gum disease, but the best way to prevent it is to keep up with your normal dental visits. This allows your dentist to always have a grasp on your oral health, and it allows your dentist to treat the disease quickly if it does form. Treatment for gum disease involves a more thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, often called scaling. 

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If you have any questions about gum disease, or if you think you may have this condition, contact our office today for more information. We look forward to helping you restore your teeth and gums to a healthy state, and our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions that you may have about gum disease!