Research has shown a strong link between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body. As your Copperas Cove, Texas dental team, Dr. Grantham and his hygienists stress the importance of brushing, flossing, and coming in for a cleaning at least twice a year in order to keep you at your healthiest and happiest. One of the most common health issues Dr. Grantham sees is gum disease. Gum disease is a preventable disease that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss, and contribute to systemic issues like heart disease and stroke.
Gum disease is caused by the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums. Bacteria are present both above and below the gum line. The bacteria feed on sugars and produce acidic toxins that can irritate your gums. Your gums may swell or bleed easily when irritated. Over time plaque hardens into tarter, which can irritate gums so much they begin to pull away from the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
It is no fun to have an infection in the mouth, so Dr. Grantham takes his role in disease prevention seriously and makes sure to perform periodontal risk assessments annually. If you feel like you might have gum disease or any of the symptoms listed below, you should come in and get checked out before things progress. Gum disease is preventable and treatable, so the sooner we catch it, the better.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
If you find your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or if you find that you are unable to get rid of bad breath, these may be signs of gum disease.
Gum disease symptoms often include:
- Red or puffy gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth
What happens if gum disease goes untreated?
If left untreated, gum disease can be devastating. Some long-term effects may include:
- Loss of teeth
- Recession of gums
- Loss of bone
- Contribution to or progression of systemic issues like diabetes and heart disease
A minimally invasive gum disease treatment can repair damage and restore your oral health with little discomfort. Dr. Grantham and his team would love to get you in for an assessment appointment, so give us a call at (254) 265-9200.