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Neglecting Gum Disease Treatment Can Put Your Health At Risk

Ignoring tooth decay and not visiting your dentist regularly can lead to major oral health problems, including severe gum disease, or periodontitis. If you have neglected your teeth and gums, you are not alone. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) claims that around three out of four adult Americans have some sort of gum disease. Whether they have the milder form of gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis, only three percent of these people receive treatment for their gum disease. As untreated gum disease can lead to chronic health problems like diabetes, certain types of cancer, and heart disease, the importance of treating gingivitis and periodontitis cannot be stressed enough. However, 97% of people with gum disease fail to seek treatment. We at West Meade Dental are familiar with gum disease patients’ reluctance to follow through with a treatment plan, and we have learned from experience and research by the AAP that there are a few myths about the treatment of gum disease. We would like to share with you some of the most common misconceptions, according to the AAP.

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Bleeding Gums Is Not a Big Deal.

On the contrary, one of the main signs of gum disease is red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you need to schedule an appointment with West Meade Dental to assess the health of your gums. If you do have a form of gum disease, we can begin treating it as soon as possible to prevent it from developing further.

I Do Not Have to Floss Every Day.

Along with brushing your teeth after every meal and before bedtime, flossing your teeth at least once a day can best prevent gum disease. According to a recent survey, only 13% of Americans regularly floss every day. If you want to avoid gum disease complications, flossing once a day is essential.

The Treatment Procedures Will Be Scary.

Many patients fear periodontal treatment because they think it will be painful and scary. However, we at West Meade Dental will do whatever we can to ensure your comfort at all times during your treatment.

If I Lose a Tooth Because of Gum Disease, I Can Never Replace It.

A leading cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease left untreated leads to missing teeth. To correct this problem, West Meade Dental can replace these teeth with dental implants. A permanent way to replace teeth with a 98% success rate, dental implants can restore your smile and improve your speaking ability. The AAP found that approximately 70% of patients were extremely satisfied with their dental implants.

If you have noticed signs of gum disease, contact West Meade Dental to schedule an assessment appointment. The quicker we can begin treatment of your form of gum disease, the healthier your mouth (and the rest of your body) will be.

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As Untreated Gum Disease Progresses, Its Dangers Increase

Even though gum disease is both easily preventable and reversible, it quickly progresses when left untreated. As the disease worsens, so do its dangers on your health. Not only is your mouth affected by gum disease, but the rest of your body is at risk. Research has proven that serious health conditions, such as heart disease and certain cancers, are associated with different types and stages of gum disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). At West Meade Dental, we look for signs of gum disease during every regular checkup and cleaning. When discovered in its early stages, gum disease can be successfully treated to stop it from worsening its health risks and dangers. Our staff will create a treatment plan for you that considers the type, stage, and severity of gum disease found during your checkup. We would like to tell you more about how this disease develops and its dangers progress when left untreated.

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The Development of Gum Disease

Gingivitis, the earliest and mildest stage of gum disease, is not painful. However, as plaque builds up on the gums, they become inflamed, swollen, and bleed easily when you brush your teeth. Discovering the presence of gingivitis is one of the many reasons why visiting your dentist on a regular basis is so important. With proper treatment and healthy dental hygiene, gingivitis can be reversed before it worsens. If this condition is left untreated, it will most likely develop into periodontitis, or gum disease.

The Progression of Periodontitis

Untreated gingivitis can quickly advance into serious gum disease as plaque continues to spread and grow under the gum line. The bacteria in plaque produces toxins which further inflame and infect gum tissue. One of the biggest dangers of gum disease is the effect of these toxins on your body’s immune system. Although your body will attempt to fight the toxins, your immune system eventually becomes overwhelmed by the chronic inflammation caused by these toxins. The bones and tissues surrounding the gums begin to break down and separate from the teeth. Pockets between the gums and teeth are formed, and these pockets easily become infected and deepen if left untreated. Infected pockets cause more destruction of bones and tissues, and this leads to the danger of losing teeth.

Serious Repercussions of Periodontitis

Losing teeth is not the only danger of gum disease. The toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque enter your bloodstream and have been linked to serious health problems including strokes and heart disease. Additionally, diabetes is not only a risk factor of the advancement of periodontitis, but this illness can be worsened by the toxins associated with gum disease.

If you have noticed your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, contact West Meade Dental as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a dental exam. The earlier gum disease is found and treated, the less likely you will experience the dangers of periodontitis.

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