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The Importance of Treating Gum Disease

March 11, 2016 ADManage

Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions for adults, and without the proper dental care, it can lead to pain, tooth loss, and bone loss. Recognizing and treating gum disease early can help to prevent long-term complications. If you think you could be at risk of gum disease near Park Ridge, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Here are some of the complications that could arise from ignoring gum disease.

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Receding Gums

Receding gums occur when the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth. As the gums pull away, pockets form around the gum line that trap bacteria and cause infections that can spread below the gums. These infections can compromise the structures that hold your teeth in place. Additionally, receding gums can be unsightly and cause tooth sensitivity. After treating your gum disease, a cosmetic dentist may be able to offer procedures to reverse the aesthetic appearance caused by recession.

Tooth Loss

If gum disease is allowed to continue without treatment, the infections caused by receding gums may sufficiently break down the bone and connective tissue so that you begin to lose teeth. If the teeth do not fall out on their own, they may need to be extracted if they become loose because of damaged connective tissue. If you experience tooth loss, it is important to talk to a dentist about treatment options such as dental implants. Dental implants can help prevent further bone loss and damage to natural teeth.

Systemic Illness

A growing body of research suggests that gum disease can cause health problems outside of the mouth. The bacteria from gum infections may enter the blood stream, while the inflammation associated with the infection can cause systemic health problems. Heart disease, lung infections, and low birth weight babies may all be associated with gum disease. Gum disease can also exacerbate diabetic complications, making it important for people with diabetes to be extra careful about their dental health.