The symptoms of gum disease are often tolerable and do not cause discomfort, leading many to avoid treatment as they assume it is no big deal. However, gum disease can have a far more serious impact on oral health long-term, and it can lead to bone loss in the jaw and teeth loss.
Gum disease and its effect on oral health
When detected in the early stages, gum disease does not typically have an impact on oral health long-term, assuming the patient receives the proper in-office and at-home treatment. However, if gum disease goes undetected and untreated for too long, then it could become a much bigger problem. The following is a review of how gum disease can affect your oral health long-term.
Gum disease explained
Gum disease is a condition in which the gums become irritated and damaged primarily by acidic reactions caused by bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar. Gum disease can get progressively worse if it not promptly treated. The most notable symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gum discoloration
- Gum inflammation
- Gum sensitivity
- Bleeding of the gums
- Gum pockets
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
Gum disease often results from inefficiencies in the patient’s oral care routine or issues with their diet (and often a combination of both). Infrequent visits to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning can also contribute to the onset of gum disease.
How gum disease affects teeth
The gums and jawbone are what support the teeth. When they become weakened and damaged by gum disease, it can cause teeth to become loose. Eventually, tooth loss can result if gum disease progresses, especially for patients that have deep gum pockets, gum recession, and bone loss in the jaw. In addition, gum recession, which is a symptom of periodontitis, can further expose the teeth tooth, which can increase the risk of sensitivity and an oral infection.
The importance of early detection of gum disease
Early detection of gum disease allows the patient to get the care they need before the disease progresses. It is important to check for signs of gum disease regularly. However, some symptoms can go undetected without regular check-up visits. Subsequently, regular dental visits to have a dentist examine the status of the patient’s periodontal health is important.
How to prevent gum disease long-term
The ultimate goal is to prevent gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease from worsening is to practice good oral hygiene by keeping a consistent brushing and flossing schedule. Using mouthwash and limiting sugar consumption is also a great way to keep gums healthy and free from bacteria and harmful food particles.
Get in touch with our dental team today to learn more
Here at our dental practice, we help our patients prevent gum disease through good oral hygiene practices and regular dental cleanings. We can also perform more extensive treatments to combat gum disease if necessary as well. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation visit to learn more about gum disease treatment and prevention.
Request an appointment here: https://www.mariettaroswelldentist.com or call Marietta Roswell Dental Care at (770) 993-2657 for an appointment in our Roswell office.
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