Why Gum Disease is so Dangerous

Why Gum Disease is so Dangerous

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Gum disease, also known as Gingivitis, can be a serious condition for some that results in tooth loss.

In adults, Gingivitis and Periodontal disease are the most common forms of gum disease. To prevent all types of gum disease, you must brush your teeth and remove as much plaque as possible regularly. If you allow plaque to build up on and between your teeth, gum disease is likely to occur.

Gingivitis Explained

Gingivitis is an inflammation in the tissues of the gums.

Gingivitis is caused by plaque and tartar build up along the gum line which causes the gums to eventually get swollen and irritated. Over time, your gums will get very tender and start to appear puffy.

When your gums get to this stage, you’ll find that your gums become sore and will bleed when you brush your teeth; even if you use little to no pressure when brushing. If you notice blood or bleeding when brushing, chances are you have Gingivitis.

Gingivitis when it is at this stage, doesn’t cause any loss of bone structure or bone deterioration. It is if you have a family history of Gingivitis or are not regularly removing plaque and tartar when you can move into the terrible phase of the gum disease called Periodontal disease. It’s a case of prevention being very, very much better than cure!

Prevent Gingivitis, by flossing and brushing a few times a day, every day.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a condition in which the teeth, bone and surrounding structures in your mouth are destroyed.

Even though this form of mouth & gum disease cannot be reversed, you can put a stop to it’s progression by going to your dentist on a regular basis, brushing your teeth a few times per day and flossing.

Periodontal disease is a serious condition. If you allow Periodontal disease to progress without treatment, the condition will worsen.

During the early stages of the disease, your gums will be bright red in color and very sore. This is caused plaque building up below the gum line where you can not reach with a toothbrush or floss. These pockets of plaque fester and rot causing damage to the tooth, it’s root and down into the jaw bone.

Keep in mind that you may not even be able to to see the plaque or do anything about it with the dental care products you currently have in your home. Which is why if you suspect you have Periodontal disease it’s best to consult your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment.

Some people are unlucky enough to have a family history of Periodontal disease. If you’re one of these people you’ll need to have your dentist examine you on a regular basis.

If you do have Periodontal disease, your dentist will give you a special cleaning routine and products to stop the progression and halt the condition. Once you are maintaining the health of your gums and mouth in the right way, you’ll find your gums become less sensitive, will no longer bleed when brushing and your teeth will keep that fresh from the dentist clean feeling for longer.

Both Periodontal disease and Gingivitis are slow and silent and rarely have any pain associated with them, which is why so many people can become helpless victims to their horrible outcomes.

In extreme cases where Gingivitis has progressed to Periodontal disease and then into the more serious phases of this disease, people have ended up with more than losing teeth. The bone damage of this disease can cause in extreme cases facial disfigurement. Once the integrity of your bone is damaged even cosmetic dental procedures are out of the question.

So be vigilant with your daily dental routine, watch for gum redness and if anything feels sensitive in your mouth go to see your dentist.

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