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Do You Know the Consequences of Early Gum Disease?

Posted on 9/10/2017 by Todd Jorgenson
 Gum Disease East Valley Implant & Periodontal Center AZ 85204
Early gum disease is known as gingivitis, and at this stage, the problem is reversible if treated early. Unfortunately, many people fail to properly care for their teeth or to see the dentist regularly, and when gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into more advanced forms of gum disease in which the tissues and bones that support your teeth can be destroyed.

While gingivitis itself may not even cause any symptoms, failure to change your ways and properly care for your teeth could eventually lead to tooth loss.

Understanding Gingivitis

In order to adequately grasp the consequences of gingivitis, it is important that you know more about this condition. Gingivitis results from the accumulation of plaque and tartar around the tooth surfaces and between the teeth.

These substances are loaded with bacteria that can harm the gums and your teeth. Other risk factors for the condition include genetics, medications, and smoking, and there are several signs that should indicate to you that you might have a problem:

•  Tender or painful gums
•  Swollen gums
•  Gums that appear red or purple in color
•  Gums that easily bleed when you floss or brush
•  Chronic bad breath
•  Gums that start to pull away from the teeth

The Potential Complications of Gingvitis

If left untreated, gingivitis - or early gum disease - could result in numerous complications:

•  Gum ulcers
•  Tooth loss
•  Periodontitis
•  Infection or abscess of the gums
•  An increased risk of lung or heart disease

In order to avoid these potential complications - as well as the expensive and potentially invasive treatments that are needed to treat them - it is important that you keep your teeth healthy.

Make sure that you are visiting the dentist regularly and are brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day to remove plaque and tartar deposits. Taking these steps will go a long way in preventing future gum problems.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (480) 376-2848 today.

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