Leaving Gum Disease Untreated Affects More Than Just Your Smile
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Bleeding gums is something many consider to be “normal.” However, symptoms like bleeding gums are never normal, and indicate that a periodontal problem may be to blame. Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious condition affecting millions of people. This progressive disease is caused by harmful oral bacteria that initiate the breakdown of bone around your teeth. It also has the potential to cause damage in the body, if left untreated.
Untreated gum disease increases your risk of systemic health effects like:
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers
- Respiratory disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Erectile Dysfunction
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum (periodontal) disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss.
Almost half (47.2 percent) of U.S. adults have some form of gum disease.
Having a family history of gum disease makes you six times more likely to develop this condition.
Knowing These Signs of Gum Disease Can Save Your Health
The signs and symptoms of gum disease may seem common. However, early diagnosis and treatment can help save your smile and health from life-threatening conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of gum disease? Any of the following should be evaluated right away:
Swollen, red gums
Get the Specialized Care You Need for a Lasting, Healthy Smile
Scaling and Root Planing
A non-surgical procedure that gently removes plaque, tartar and bacteria from beneath the gum line.
Laser Gum Treatment
A minimally invasive service that treats periodontal disease without incisions or sutures.
An advanced surgery that accesses deep areas of tartar and bacteria, and smooths rough bone tissue.
A procedure that eliminates excess, overgrown or inflamed gums.
An ongoing program that helps maintain gum health following gum disease treatment.