Gum disease is a serious matter. While many people may understand that gum disease can lead to lost teeth and bad breath, much more serious issues can develop if gum disease is not addressed.
If gum disease if left untreated, you can lose mass in your jawbone. However, if you have diabetes, gum disease can make it difficult to control your blood sugar levels, and your symptoms could get worse. Since gum disease allows bacteria to enter your body, there can be complications infecting other parts of your body if that bacteria spreads. Over time, if you continue to inhale the bacteria present in gum disease, you could suffer a respiratory infections. If the bacteria enters your brain through your bloodstream or nerve endings, you could be at a risk for dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. If the bacteria finds its way to your heart, you may experience atherosclerosis. This condition is a hardening of your arteries, which is caused in part by buildup of plaque on the artery walls. Atherosclerosis will increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack.
While gum disease is often painless in its early stages, some symptoms include tender, swollen or bleeding gums, loose teeth, and chronic bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Brushing twice a day and flossing once day will help to prevent gum disease. Seeing your dentist for your regular appointments will give her the chance to remove the plaque and tartar that cause the disease from your teeth, and to look for early signs of gum disease. Gum disease can have a serious impact on your health and it needs to be addressed. If you live in the Lakewood, Colorado area, and would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Cathy Fermelia at Academy Park Dental Assoc. call 303-987-2121 today.