Gum disease affects the majority of adults in the United States over the age of 40. Even with this kind of prevalence, some people are not very concerned with the need to prevent it. Although the earliest stage of it, which is called gingivitis, can be reversible with a well-timed treatment, advanced stages of gum disease is irreversible once it develops. Unchecked gum disease can leave a noticeable effect on your oral health, as well as your overall well-being and quality of life.
It Can Continue to Worsen
Gum disease happens when harmful oral bacteria accumulates on and along your gums. As the bacteria works their way beneath your gums, it can lead to inflammation, swelling, redness, and bleeding. If you see these warning signs and seek treatment immediately, you may have a chance of reversing the infection and preventing the worsening of gum disease. Without it, the bacteria can overwhelm your gums, and gum disease can remain chronic for the rest of your life.
It Can Cause Chronic Bad Breath.
Bacteria can cause bad breath by releasing volatile sulfur compounds. Advanced gum disease is a common reason for halitosis, which is chronic bad breath that will not go away even with good hygiene. If you notice that you have bad breath that will not go away along with painful, bleeding gums, you may have gum disease.
It Is the Main Cause of Tooth Loss
As advanced gum disease destroys your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth, it can render your jawbone so weak to support your natural teeth. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of permanent tooth loss in the United States. By the time many patients seek treatment for gum disease, it often has already caused enough damage to the gums and jawbone to make tooth loss or extraction inevitable.
Preventing gum disease is important for your oral health
Gum disease can have negative affects on your oral and overall health. To schedule a consultation with your dentist, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.