Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio
Gum disease can cause serious health problems ranging from redness and irritation of the gums to heart disease. The role that the health of your gums play in your overall health cannot be overemphasized.
“We all think that cholesterol is important to heart disease. The health of your gums is a more important predictor of whether you will have a heart attack or not.”Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., FACS, Director, Cardiovascular Institute/ Columbia Univ. Medical Center, New York, NY
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and is the inflammation of your gums. Gingivitis results in puffiness, redness and bleeding of the gums. When your gums become infected then you develop gingivitis. If you fail to treat it then gingivitis will develop into a more serious gum disease.
How does gum disease progress in your mouth?
Bacteria secrete acids in your mouth and cause gum disease. Eventually, the secretions form plaque on your teeth. With proper oral hygiene, the plaque can be removed at home. However, if you do not remove the plaque then it will harden and form tartar.
When the bacteria gets between your teeth, it will cause the formation of deep pockets around your teeth. These pockets can’t be cleaned at home so the bacteria will quickly multiply making the pockets even bigger. Once your gum disease progresses to this point it is called periodontitis or periodontal disease.
When the bacteria reach the roots of your teeth it will eventually kill them. The bacteria can also enter the bloodstream where it may cause many other serious health issues such as:
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Infections
Consequences of Gum Disease on your dental health:
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
- Jawbone loss
- Premature aging (sunken facial appearance)
If gum disease is caught and treated early, the treatment can prevent permanent damage. If you let your gum disease progress to the point that it permanently damages your tissue or tooth structure then periodontal therapies can help prevent the damage from getting worse and prevent further tooth loss. It is, therefore, critical that you treat your gum disease early to keep the damage to a minimum.
What causes gum disease?
Poor oral hygiene and not having professional teeth cleanings regularly are the primary causes of gum disease. There are some other factors that could lead to gum disease:
- Weak Immune System
- Changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy, menopause, puberty or menstruation
- Reduction is saliva caused by medication
Please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation with our Cincinnati dental office today. Stuart Levy DDS serves patients in the Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio area.