November 19, 2023

How Long Can You Keep Your Teeth With Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease is a progressive condition that if not treated early will eventually lead to tooth loss. However, the good news is that most people can keep their teeth if they take steps to prevent gum disease. Brushing teeth twice a day, flossing daily and eating well can go a long way in preventing gum disease from becoming more serious or even developing into periodontitis. Additionally, keeping up with routine dental visits every six months is important. This allows our dental professionals to remove hardened plaque, known as calculus or tartar and help prevent inflammation of the gum tissue.

Gum diseases is caused by bacteria that stick together and form a sticky film called plaque, which covers the teeth and can harden over time if not removed regularly. When this plaque is left to harden, it releases toxins that irritate and inflame the gums. This can cause them to swell, appear puffy and bleed easily. If gum inflammation continues it can damage the gums, ligaments and bones that support the teeth and if severe enough it can cause them to loosen or fall out.

Some symptoms of gum disease include tender or bleeding gums, bad breath and gum recession. If gum disease progresses to periodontitis it can affect the entire body as bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, like the lungs, where they can cause infection. Some other health issues associated with periodontal disease include heart disease (if the bacteria clog the arteries), respiratory problems such as pneumonia, pregnancy complications and an increased risk of diabetes due to poor control of blood sugar levels.

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