Periodontal disease—the medical term for gum disease—affects approximately 95% of the adult population. Gum disease begins in the space between your gum tissue and the root of your tooth where bacteria accumulates and gets trapped. What happens next depends on whether or not gum disease treatment is pursued. Plaque, an organized group of bacteria, causes inflammation and, if not taken care of, the destruction of gum tissue and bone.
Gum Disease Symptoms
You might be unsure whether or not you should seek gum disease treatment. Generally, treatment should be sought if you have any of the following gum disease symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Excessive formation of calculus leading to swelling gums
- Gum Abscesses
- Drifting or loosening of teeth
- Noticeable mouth odor
- Reddening of the gum tissue around teeth
Gum disease starts with gum inflammation and, if not corrected early, can gradually extend below the gum line to the bone that lies beneath. As more bone is destroyed, teeth are more likely to shift and move. What’s worse, doctors worldwide are finding countless links between gum disease and heart disease, among countless other chronic, life-threatening conditions.
Heart Disease & Gum Disease
What do heart disease and gum disease have to do with one another? Patients with gum disease have significantly higher levels of inflammatory products, like fibrinogen and white blood cells, which are known to be risk factors for acute heart attacks. New developments in medical research are raising further concerns that bacteria can cause heart attacks. At least one of these bacterium, Chlamydia pneumonia, has been found in the walls of the blood vessel of heart attack victims.
Dental Medicine with Dr. Gabriel Roybal, DDS
When you have symptoms of gum disease, it can also be a symptom of another serious health problem, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory infections, and pregnancy complications. Dr. Roybal offers bacterial and DNA testing that may indicate not only your susceptibility to gum disease, but also the exact bacteria responsible for your condition.
The time to treat is obviously at the first sign of inflammation before it is too late. Some questions to ask yourself: do you have a pleasant taste in your mouth? Are the soft tissues around your teeth comfortable and free from bleeding? Are your teeth firm? If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, contact Dr. Gabriel Roybal to discuss gum disease treatment. Set up an appointment at our Santa Fe, NM dentist office today.