Gum and Bone Disease
Symptoms of gum (gingivitis) and bone (periodontal) disease include constant bad breath, redness, bleeding gums, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, receding gums and pain.
Gum disease has been linked to diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, preterm deliveries, low birth weight, and osteoporosis, pneumonia, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Risk factors for this disease include smoking, diabetes, cancer, AIDS, medications, hormonal changes, and genetics.
When plaque (soft) and tartar (hard) are left on teeth, they harbor bacteria and lead to inflammation of the gums, called “gingivitis.” the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis can be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings. When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, or bone disease. The gums pull away from the teeth and form spaces, or “pockets,” that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria and, consequentially, breaks down the bone and tissue that hold teeth in place. If not treated, the teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
It is our goal to stop this disease in it’s tracks and teach you how to do your part to create healthy tissue and bone, save teeth, and improve your overall health.