One of the most common diseases we treat in our office is gum disease. Since this sickness can do so much harm to your chompers and gums, you should understand what causes it and how to avert it.
Gum disease, also referred to as pyorrhea and periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that causes destruction to and threatens your teeth when left untreated. The words “gum disease” can apply to different levels of the disease, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.
The effects of gum disease may differ depending on the seriousness of the infection. In gingivitis, the gums may bleed and be uncomfortable. In periodontitis, infection and ensuing inflammation of the gums will cause acids-filled sacks to develop around the pearly whites and gums. These sacks of bacteria can decay and weaken the teeth, gums and bones.
And periodontal disease can spread past just the mouth. Some studies have found associations between periodontal disease and heart diseases, diabetes, premature birth, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia. These links might be caused by bacteria from the infected gums traveling into the bloodstream and crucial organs. Inflammation in gum disease may also be responsible for some of the links to other disorders.
By doing the straightforward things like eating foods lower in sugar, brushing twice daily and flossing once daily, you can mitigate your risk of developing periodontal disease. To keep your pearly whites solid and gum-disease-free, please schedule your next visit with our Blue Ribbon Dental office in Germantown, Maryland, by calling 301-540-8808 today.