You’ve most likely heard a lot of people talk about gum disease, whether it was a toothpaste commercial or your hygienist begging you to floss. If one thing is for certain though, your dentist doesn’t want you to take gum disease lightly. Here are 3 reasons why you should seek treatment as soon as symptoms such as bleeding gums, bad breath, and swollen gum tissue are evident.
#1 – Gum Disease Can Cause You to Lose Your Teeth
It’s true – periodontal disease is the #1 reason why adults in America lose their teeth. The disease cause even more tooth loss than tooth decay. You might think that treating cavities is important, and if you do, then you need to take gum disease seriously as well. Advanced periodontitis will cause bone loss so severe that teeth will become mobile and fall out.
#2 – Gum Disease Effects More than Just Your Smile
If you have gum disease, it can complicate other health conditions as well. From diabetes and cardiovascular disease to erectile dysfunction, dozens of different health conditions are found to be more advanced or difficult to manage when active gum disease is present. Part of the reason is because of the increased levels of bacteria that suppress the immune system and create inflammation throughout the body.
#3 – It Will Make Your Breath Smell
Not only do tartar and plaque hide odorous bacteria, but it can also reside in the deep pockets around teeth infected with gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing can’t reach down this far, and covering it up with mints will actually make it worse. A deep cleaning is necessary to remove this bacteria and help create a disease-free environment.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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