Gum disease is a serious issue—not just for your oral health, but also your overall health and well-being. In fact, gum disease has been linked to a variety of deadly conditions, including heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancers, not to mention the devastation that it can cause for your smile. Dr. Claire Cho offers patients several gum disease treatment options to help reduce the inflammation, disease, and other issues associated with periodontitis.
What is gum disease and why treat it?
Gum disease is essentially an infection in the gums. If oral hygiene is insufficient to remove the plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth, then bacteria begin to multiply. As they infiltrate the area beneath the gum line, they excrete toxic byproducts that eat away at your healthy tissues, including the gums, teeth, and bone. Signs of gum disease include:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Swelling in your gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Buildup of pus around the teeth
In addition to these uncomfortable symptoms, untreated gum disease can result in gum recession, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.