The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common problem, often resulting from improper or insufficient brushing and flossing. Gum disease can begin as gingivitis, a relatively minor inflammation in the gums, but can progress to a point where drastic treatment, including surgery, is necessary.
Long-Term Effects of Gum Disease
During every visit to your dental office, the dentist generally checks the spaces around the teeth to see if there are deep pockets between the gums and the tooth roots. If pockets are deeper than normal, this is an indication of gum disease or gingivitis. If left untreated, these pockets can become so deep that the tooth root is no longer supported, resulting in loss of the tooth.
Losing a tooth is actually one of the less severe possible long-term effects of gum disease. As bacteria build up in the mouth, they can travel to other areas of the body, causing systemic infection. Studies of the relationship between dentistry and heart disease have shown that people with advanced gum disease are much more likely to suffer cardiac problems than those who take good care of their teeth and gums.
Preventing Gum Disease
The best way to prevent gum disease is to take good care of your gums by brushing and flossing regularly. Brushing helps remove bacteria from between the teeth and under the edges of the gums and also stimulates the gums to remain healthy. Also, be sure to visit Dr. Darren K. Dickson on a regular basis to remove tartar and plaque, and to monitor the health of your gums.