A Closer Look at Gum Disease
If you want to improve your general health, your local family dentistry practitioner can help you feel your best by managing and preventing serious periodontal disease. Many people don’t associate gum disease with medical issues like diabetes and heart disease, but there are clear links between unhealthy gums and unhealthy bodies. By finding an affordable dentist and getting regular dental care, you could improve the quality of your smile and ensure a longer, healthier life at the same time. The following types of gum disease are seen regularly in the general population.
Gingivitis: Early-Stage Gum Disease
The mildest form of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it’s often related to poor dental care. Affected gums are red and swollen, and they bleed easily. At this stage, complete reversal is possible with vigilant oral hygiene and professional treatment. Some people are more likely to develop gingivitis than others. These include individuals with diabetes and other systemic illnesses. Stress, smoking, pregnancy, aging, poor nutrition, hormonal fluctuations, and substance abuse can also increase the risk of gingivitis.
Periodontitis: Advanced Gum Disease
When gingivitis is left untreated, plaque develops below the gum line. Bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that irritate gum tissues, and this initiates an ongoing inflammatory response that breaks down soft tissues and supporting bones. As gums pull away from the teeth, pockets of infection form and eventually deepen. Symptoms are often mild until extensive damage has occurred. This stage of gum disease can occur at any age. Necrotizing periodontal disease results in tissue death and loss of alveolar bone; it’s generally seen alongside severe malnutrition, HIV infection or immunosupression. Development of periodontitis in young patients is sometimes related to underlying systemic illnesses like heart or respiratory disease and diabetes. All types of periodontal disease should be professionally evaluated and aggressively treated.
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