Crime and Punishment: the Risks of Periodontal Disease
The crime: not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly or well. The punishment? Much worse and much more than you probably imagined.
Gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease, is hardly ever taken seriously. Maybe your teeth will turn a little yellow from not brushing. Maybe you think that your gums might get a little red or irritated. What’s the big deal? It’s just a small case of gingivitis. That is a drastic understatement. Here are some of the risks of periodontal disease.
At the Beginning
If you miss a day or two of brushing, or if you’re not brushing well and thoroughly, plaque will start to accumulate along your gum line—and then under your gum. This causes irritation and infection. Your gums might swell and be very tender and painful. If this happens, start brushing and flossing. See your dentist. Don’t put it off. Because if you do wait. . .
Next, your gum will start to pull away from your tooth. This means that the longer it goes untreated, the more junk like bacteria and food can get into your gums and the deeper it will go. This can lead to not only a lot of pain in your mouth, but large pits of infection in your gums that spread to your jaw. Your bone will even start to erode. Soon, your jaw bone will be very thin and porous. Your teeth will start to loosen, as the jaw is no longer there to hold them in place.
No one wants to get to the final stages of periodontal disease. Not only can it be extremely painful with infection, but your teeth start to fall out. But loosing teeth is actually the least of your worries. Periodontal disease is actually linked to serious health conditions beyond your mouth, such as strokes and heart disease.
Your oral health affects more than your teeth and your personal life. It affects your entire body. As such, like many other serious health concerns, it affects everyone who loves and cares about you. Don’t put it off. If you think you’re developing gum disease, come talk to us. Dr. Donna Kalil can help treat your gums and teeth, all while teaching you how to better care for your mouth.