Periodontal disease is a technical term denoting an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues. Left untreated it poses a significant danger to your mouth as well as other medical conditions. Periodontal disease often results from an ineffective daily oral hygiene routine that fails to clean residual food particles and plaque from your teeth. This allows bacteria-rich hardened tartar to form at the gum line.
Early Warning Signs
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. Early symptoms include red and inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This usually also includes issues with chronic bad breath.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it will gradually develop into the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of infection and inflammation in the gum tissue can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth. This allows infection to permeate deep within the gum tissues. In time it can even cause a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth.
Negative Long-Term Effects
The systemic inflammation that can have a long term 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. Even though periodontal disease is not the underlying cause of these conditions, it does have a relationship that can complicate your treatment options.
If you have questions or concerns about gum disease, you should call Exceptional Dentistry’s offices in Palmdale, California at 661.349.7725 to explore your treatment options.