When most people come into the dental office, they’re worried about whether or not they have a cavity. Cavities are pretty serious matters, but something that your Alexandria dentists pay just as much attention to is whether or not you have symptoms of gum disease, and how severe they are.
Gum disease causes more people to lose their teeth each year than tooth loss caused by cavities. In fact, gum disease actually destroys the attached gum tissue around your teeth, as well as the supporting bone structure that anchors your teeth into place. Over time, untreated gum disease causes the tooth to become mobile and eventually fall out.
Tooth loss is only one aspect of the damage that gum disease can do. The bacteria found deep in infected gum pockets is actually linked with diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke. The healthier your gums are, the more likely you are to have other disease symptoms under control. The more infected your gums are, the more likely you are to not be able to manage your other disease conditions.
Symptoms of gum disease include swollen, red gums, and gums that bleed when you brush or floss. Brushing along the gumlines and flossing under your gums each day can help symptoms diminish within 2 weeks. If swelling or bleeding continues, there may be areas of tartar buildup that need to be cleaned off by your dentist or hygienist.
Healthy gums help you smile longer, have fresher breath, and keep your immune system from being overworked. If you’ve been told that you have gum disease, ask your dentist what needs to be done to reverse it, and preserve your teeth for a lifetime.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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