What's The Big Deal About Gum Disease?

Monday, April 29th, 2013, 8:26 pm

For some reason many people don’t get very upset when told they have gum disease. They don’t think that gum disease is a big deal. This probably happens because people don’t really understand what can happen when gum disease is not treated and reaches advanced stages. Once patients become educated about the effects of gum disease they understand the importance of keeping their gums healthy. The inflammation caused by gum disease has also been linked to overall health problems including heart disease, certain cancers and even pre-term birth in pregnant women. Keeping your gums healthy can help keep your whole body healthier.

Lots of people have gum disease but don’t know it. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis but because this is an early stage of the disease any damage can be improved with treatment and good oral hygiene. Remember to brush, floss and visit the dentist for routine dental exams and cleanings.

The next stage of gum disease is periodontitis. At this stage the gum disease is affecting the fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in place. Pockets may form below the gum line and food and plaque can become trapped. Further damage can be prevented if treatment is completed and good home care is followed.

Advanced periodontitis is the final stage of gum disease. The fibers and bone supporting the teeth are destroyed and the teeth will begin to shift or loosen. Teeth may need to be removed.

Don’t let this happen to you! New treatments for gum disease are highly effective and can help save your smile. Find out more about treating all stages of gum disease by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

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