Gum disease normally starts out as a very mild problem. So mild, in fact, that most people do not consider it worth being concerned about. After it develops further, however, it can become a very serious problem. Removing periodontal diseaseis not done so easily, and will require the assistance of a dentist.
Early Gum Disease
Many people today have some form of gum disease. In the early stage, it is called gingivitis. This is often looked at as being an inconvenience. The good news is that at this stage it can be easily removed by brushing twice a day and flossing. The symptoms are that your gums will bleed when you brush or floss them and they may be red and inflamed.
Gum disease is often caused by a lack of the proper care of your teeth. This is why if you start caring for them as you should; you usually can get rid of it in the early stage. The next stage, however, is more serious.
You will start to see that your gums are pulling away from your teeth. You may also see pus at the gum line and your gums will become more inflamed. The gums will also be receding.
The cause of periodontal diseaseis some of the bacteria in your mouth. When healthy, the gums are up tight against the teeth and they will normally keep out bacteria. As the gums pull away from your teeth, the bacteria get access to the gums. This causes an immune response in the gums which soon becomes an autoimmune response. Instead of destroying only the invading bacteria, the immune system also starts attacking your gums, the structures that support your teeth, and even your jaw bone. This means that if it is allowed to continue, that your teeth will become loose, and some may even fall out.
Once the bacteria are in your gums, there is nothing you can do to stop the problem. You will need a dentist’s help to remove the bacteria and repair the damage.
A Worse Problem
Even though periodontitis is bad, it is not the worst problem when you have gum disease. Researchers know now that the inflammation from gum disease will spread through your body once it has access to your bloodstream in your gums. From there, it will go anywhere and will build up in various places in your blood vessels and arteries. This can result in such problems as cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and many more serious medical problems.
A dentist has several ways to treat periodontitis. It will usually start with a procedure called scaling and root planing. This non-surgical procedure involves opening the pockets on your gums and manually scraping and removing the bacteria and inflammation. Once completed, the dentist may also stitch the gums next to the teeth to close the pockets and prevent reinfection. Other procedures will not only help to remove the bacteria and inflammation, but they will be used to repair the damage.
The friendly dentists at Global Family Dental can treat periodontal disease. They are able to conduct various treatment options and restore your oral health and teeth. Call today for more information or to set up an appointment for a consultation.