The standard tooth care instructions that have been said time and time again by every dentist since the beginning of decent oral hygiene care are to brush your teeth twice a day, morning and evening, and floss at least once a day and as needed. If your oral hygiene habits are lacking, you may not only develop cavities, but also gum disease. But even though it is in the name, gum disease does not only affect your gums but can lead to tooth and bone loss in your mouth and there is significant evidence that it can lead to an incredible number of full body health concerns affecting the function of your organs, your heart, and even your brain. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease by your dentist, getting the proper treatment is important to stop the negative results of gum disease and possibly reverse the damage.
Signs of gum disease
Though gum disease can go unnoticed because it is not always painful, there are some visible signs to look for to determine if you have gum disease. If you notice a little blood in the sink when you spit or a pinkness to your toothbrush, this should be a red flag that you may have gum disease. Healthy gums are pink and fit tightly around the teeth. If your gums appear red, even purple, and swollen, you could have gum disease. Loose teeth that feel unstable from gum disease dissolving the bone in which the tooth roots are secured. Some people may think their teeth are getting longer but it is actually the gums receding, exposing the root of the tooth. The roots are not as strong as teeth and gentle brushing up and away from the root should be done carefully.
Differences between gingivitis and periodontitis
When bacteria that thrives in the sticky substance known as plaque that builds up in unbrushed areas on your teeth, develops into gum disease, it is first identified as gingivitis. This type of gum disease can be treated and your oral health restored if caught early. If gingivitis is left unaddressed, it can develop in a much more serious condition called periodontitis.
Periodontal disease can lead to many other diseases and disorders. When bacteria remains in inflamed gums, it can get into the bloodstream, contributing to clogged arteries that can lead to many different kinds of negative health conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Respiratory diseases
If you suspect you have gum disease or are in general need of an annual cleaning in Johnson County, IA, give Coral West Dental a call to set an appointment to begin treating your gum disease today!