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Why Be Concerned About Gum Disease?

Posted on 7/15/2015 by Todd Jorgenson
A woman suffering from gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up around your gums and teeth, which leads to inflammation of the soft tissue inside of the mouth. Two types of infections can occur. The first one is called gingivitis and it is a mild inflammation of the soft tissue inside of the mouth. A more serious form is called periodontitis and this leads to tooth loss. Unfortunately, if your gum disease remains untreated, all your teeth may fall out.

What Factors Increase Your Risk For Periodontal Disease?

People engage in many activities throughout the year. Many of these factors can increase your risk for periodontal disease. If a person has poor oral health and does not brush his or her teeth, this makes him or her more susceptible to plaque buildup inside of the mouth.

Smoking and chewing tobacco are unhealthy habits that not only harms the lungs, but it can ruin dentition as well. An individual's genetics can play a big role in how a person develops or gets these types of infections too. Other common factors such as diabetes can make people more vulnerable to gum disease because it can affect the mouth. Persons who cannot control their blood sugar get more mouth infections than others.

Due to hormonal changes, pregnant women are more sensitive to the bacteria from plaque buildup on their teeth. This makes their gums become inflamed and they can develop benign nodes on their dentition. When pregnant women brush their teeth, these benign nodes may bleed.

How Common Are These Types of Infections?
These types of inflections are very common and many people experience them every year. Many individuals may not exhibit signs of gum disease because it is usually painless. Males are more likely than females to develop periodontal disease based off of current trends. Furthermore, it is seldom that teenagers develop periodontitis, instead they usually get gingivitis.

Sometimes, children do not brush their teeth correctly and plaque can build up around the gum line and stay there for long periods of time. Over time, tartar can accumulate on the teeth and cause inflammation of the soft tissue inside of the mouth.

How Gum Disease Affects Your Health?

Gum inflammation can negatively impact your health in so many ways. It can cause a person to have bad breath. Bad breath is frequently linked to poor oral health and it can be very embarrassing for someone to be around other people.

The bacteria inside of your mouth can cause a buildup of toxins and this can irritate the gums. Gum infections will eventually damage your teeth and jawbone. Rotten teeth also can cause your breath to smell really bad.

Bad breath and missing teeth can strain social relationships. It can wreak havoc upon people's personal and professional lives. Sometimes, people may not recognize or know that they have bad breath and it can limit them from developing socially and professionally. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew food and talk to others.

Your physical appearance will also be affected in an adverse way. A negative perception of your self-image may result in a loss of confidence in oneself and depression. Remember that your oral health affects your overall wellbeing. People who have gum disease are more likely to have other types of ailments such as heart disease and diabetes.

It is important for you to take your oral health very seriously. Good dental hygiene can benefit your teeth and entire body because poor dental health is frequently associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease. Heart disease can lead to heart attacks, angina, and other blood-related problems that can impact the cardiovascular system.

Mild infections and inflammation inside of the mouth may get into a person's bloodstream, which can trigger moderate inflammation of the blood vessels. Inflamed blood vessels can cause cardiovascular disease. Therefore, these are all good reasons for you to take advantage of this information and keep practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups.

Please call us today for your check-up and to get your gum disease under control.

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