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The 3 Reasons You Should Get Treatment for Gum Disease

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, might not seem like much of a threat. If it doesn’t bother you, then what’s the big deal?

Hopefully the following three reasons will motivate you to keep your gums in optimal health!

  1. Gum Disease Gives You Bad Breath

Gum disease is more than just bleeding gums. In fact, bleeding is just one symptom of gum disease. “Periodontitis” means inflammation of the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. This inflammation is the result of a bacterial infection.

The bacterial infection in and around your gums causes the gum tissue to break down.

Gum tissue destruction tends to give off some not-so-pleasant odors!

Masking bad breath with minty gum isn’t the solution. By stopping the infection in its tracks, you can treat bad breath at its source.

  1. Gum Disease Leads to Tooth Loss

Once the ligaments around your teeth are destroyed by the infection, there’s little chance of them growing back…and how will your teeth stay securely in place without those microscopic attachments?

As periodontal disease progresses, it can even break down the bone around tooth roots. When this bone disappears, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out. It’s vital to treat the infection before it gets to that point!

  1. Gum Disease Affects the Rest of Your Health

Periodontitis has been linked to other serious health problems including:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Premature delivery of babies
  • Pneumonia

…just to name a few.

Letting the disease rage on unchecked, weakens your immune system.

Treating it is a serious matter. If you’ve been told you have gum disease, or even suspect that you might, contact your dentist ASAP.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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