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Jan
10

Is Gum Disease Permanent?

Posted in Gum Disease

Do you love the gums you’ve got?

Maybe you haven’t given your gums much thought before, but you would be sorry if you lost them! Gum disease is a common and serious health problem for adults.

Gum Disease – Why a Big Deal

Affecting nearly 75% of Americans, gum disease occurs in various stages. You’ve probably heard a thing or two about gingivitis, the reversible form of gum disease. Gingivitis happens when your gums get irritated by the presence of plaque bacteria. Remove this plaque, and the inflammation goes away, too.

The term ‘periodontitis’ is a little less common. Periodontitis is irreversible. When a bacterial gum infection persists, the deeper layers of bone and ligaments below the gums get involved. This results in damage that can’t repair itself.

Put simply, periodontitis causes the breakdown of structures that hold your teeth in place. After your teeth lose this support, they fall out.

What You Can Do

If you’ve been told that you have gum disease, you can’t afford to ignore it any longer. It just can’t go away on its own. You need medical intervention to treat the infection at its source, far beyond the reach of toothbrush and floss.

Periodontitis is linked to other major health concerns such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Pregnancy complications

With so much at risk, you need to stop the progression of the problem while you can. If you’ve already experienced some irreversible damage from gum disease, your dental team will help you explore options for getting your smile back on-track with options like deep cleanings, medication, or surgery. Visit your dentist for a periodontal evaluation and screening.

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643

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