In its early stages, gum disease shows very few symptoms. You may not even notice bleeding gums or a bad taste in your mouth. These symptoms can quickly progress, eventually leading to advanced-stage gum disease, which is a chronic bacterial infection that causes gum and bone loss. Regular dental visits and meticulous home hygiene practices can arrest and reverse the earliest stages of gum disease.
It’s a known fact that periodontitis (gum disease) is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that triggers our body’s immune system to create inflammatory cells that destroy the supporting bone around your teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
In addition to the reducing your risk of tooth loss, your dental professionals are also concerned with the inflammatory aspect of periodontitis. For over a decade medical and dental professionals have been aware of the systemic risks associated with inflammation. Some research shows connections between oral infections and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary infections, diabetic conditions and pregnancy complications. These include:
- Heart Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Low Birth Weights
- Respiratory Illness