What are common signs of gum disease?
In the earliest stages of gum disease, you may not feel any pain or discomfort. As the disease progresses, however, you may begin to experience symptoms like:
• Swollen, tender, and bleeding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• Loose teeth
What happens if gum disease is left untreated?
The mildest form of gum disease, known as gingivitis, can progress and become a more advanced inflammation called periodontitis. Periodontitis causes gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, creating infected pockets of gum tissue. This infection can eventually affect the bone tissue in your jaw. If not treated, tooth loss and permanent loss of bone are possible.
Can gum disease cause heart disease and other health problems?
Modern research has found that bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and increase the risk of many serious health problems, including:
• Heart attacks and cardiovascular disease
• Pregnancy complications
• Diabetes and diabetic complications
• Stomach, liver, and pancreatic cancers
I’ve been told that surgery is the only way to cure my gum disease. Is this true?
The best thing to do is to schedule an evaluation with one of the experienced dentists at Spodak Dental Group. We’ll review your medical and health history, examine your gums, and create a plan of action to treat and manage your gum disease and keep it from coming back. We’re proud to offer a variety of minimally-invasive and non-surgical gum disease treatments.