All You Need To Know About Gum Disease
Posted by DR. WEN LU on Feb 25 2022, 10:09 PM
It might be concerning to find your gums bleeding while brushing or flossing your teeth. Many people think it is normal. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that occurs on the structures around the teeth, causing bleeding gum problems. According to a study, half of the Americans over the age of 30 have bleeding gums problems.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Bleeding and swollen gums are the initial signs of infected gums. The infection and bacteria can spread if nothing is done immediately.
In the severe stages of the disease, all supporting tissues are included. The structure supporting your teeth can get destroyed. Your teeth in your jawbone may eventually become so loose that they would need to be extracted.
What are the health issues linked with gum disease?
Atherosclerosis and heart problem: It is said that gum disease can increase the danger of clogged arteries and heart problems. It can even worsen existing heart problems.
Stroke: Gum disease can increase the danger of the stroke type caused by blocked arteries.
Premature births: A pregnant woman with gum disease is more likely to deliver her premature baby with low birth weight.
Diabetes: With periodontal disease, diabetic patients can face increased problems in controlling their blood sugar.
Respiratory problem: Gum disease bacteria may result in lung infections. It can also worsen present lung conditions. This is generally essential for elderly adults in institutions like nursing homes.
What causes gum disease?
Bacteria in dental plaque is the main cause of this disease. An infection in the gums can affect a person's overall health. Gum disease is also linked to other health issues.
In an effort to get rid of the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that inflame and damage the gums. This results in bleeding and swelling, the initial signs of the progressing periodontal disease. The damage can make teeth lose over time (an advanced sign of periodontal disease).
How can you prevent gum disease?
Follow the steps below to prevent gum disease:
- Practice good oral hygiene.
- Visit your dentist regularly or about once every six months. If you already have gum disease, you must visit your dentist as recommended.
- Brush and floss teeth daily.
- Get professional cleanings done by the dentist to keep plaque under control.
- Use a tartar-control toothpaste to slow the build-up process of calculus. However, it won't remove the tartar that has already formed below the gum line.
Arden Dental Center offers comprehensive dental care solutions, including gum disease treatments. For more details and appointments, call us at (630) 529-0303, book online, or visit us directly at 303 E Army Trail Rd Ste 421, Bloomingdale, IL 60108.