Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an infection of the gum tissues that leads to inflammation and other complications, which have a seriously negative impact on your oral health.
Hardened tartar at the gum line introduces constant bacterial exposure to your gum tissues. At the same time things like regular tobacco use and certain medical conditions, like diabetes, can make you more prone to develop gum disease sooner and to a more serious degree.
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Initial symptoms include red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing as well as problems with chronic bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Meadowdale Dental Clinic recommends that you set up a consultation to help explore the most effective treatment options.
If it is not addressed early, gingivitis can develop into the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of infection in the gum tissue can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This enables pockets of infection to form deep within the gum tissues. In time it can even result in a loss of bone structure deep down where your teeth anchor to your jaw.
The systemic inflammation caused by periodontitis can also have a negative effect on your immune system. Continuing research has found that this can related to other medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.
It’s important to understand that while periodontal disease does not cause these conditions, they do seem to have some level of impact or can limit your treatment options.
If you have questions about periodontal disease and you want to explore your treatment options, please call Meadowdale Dental Clinic at (425) 361-0842 to schedule an appointment.