Gum disease is a bacterial infection along the gumline and around teeth that causes bad breath, inflammation, gum pain, and the degradation of the bone and tissue supporting your teeth which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. If gum disease is left untreated, the bacteria can infect other areas of your body causing more severe complications.

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Gum disease in its early stages is known as gingivitis, meaning the inflammation of the gingiva or gums. Advanced gum disease is known as periodontitis where the bacteria affect the surrounding teeth making them come loose due to bone tissue loss.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 46% of adults age 30 and older show signs of gum disease. While some people are more vulnerable to it, gum disease should not be this common. The most effective way to prevent gum disease is by maintaining good oral health habits like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and regular dentist visits.

Increased Vulnerability

You may be at increased risk of gum disease if you have diabetes, a weakened immune system, poor oral health, or a family history of gum disease. People with diabetes tend to have more severe gum disease than people without diabetes because it reduces the body’s natural ability to fight infection.

The more you drink alcohol or smoke the more likely you are to get gum disease. Both of these weaken the immune system and limit your ability to heal from oral trauma and other problems. Plus, multiple studies have linked excessive alcohol intake and smoking to cancer in the mouth, esophagus, and larynx.

To stop gum disease from progressing to more severe stages, it’s imperative to come in for a deep cleaning, also known as periodontal therapy. This is the removal of all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that has accumulated below the gumline.

Do Your Gums Hurt?

Do you think that you may have gum disease? Give our office a call at (903) 984-1108 to schedule an appointment with us today. We believe in holding on to natural teeth for as long as possible and are happy to assist you!

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