Periodontal disease is the technical term used for gum disease. This is an infection and inflammation of in your gums affects an estimated 47% of adults over the age of 30. Gum disease is commonly caused by hardened tartar at the gum line. At the same time, increased risk factors like regular tobacco use and medical conditions such diabetes, can accelerate the periodontal infection.
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Early 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, they could possibly be reversed by steadfast improvements in your daily oral hygiene regimen and your regular dental cleaning with Dr. Prachi Deore.
If gingivitis symptoms go ignored, it will eventually develop into the more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This degree of infection and inflammation deep 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 cause a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth.
Periodontitis often results in systemic inflammation that can tax 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 note that while periodontal disease cannot not cause these conditions, they do seem to have some level of impact or can limit your treatment options.
If you have questions or concerns about gum disease, you should call Dr. Prachi Deore’s office in Coppell, Texas at 972-315-2200 to schedule an appointment.