F ew people understand the threat posed by gum disease. Our mouth is the gatekeeper of our entire body and keeping our oral microbiome balance is crucial to creating and maintaining a healthy self. Today over 65 million adults in the United States exhibit signs of gum disease. At Rock Valley Dental, we can diagnose gum disease in the early stages and provide a comfortable and minimally invasive treatment option.
Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place.
- sore and red gums
- gums that bleed easily
- bad breath
- receding gums
- loose teeth
The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, the disease attacks the connective tissue between the teeth and gums causing them to deteriorate and leading to adult tooth loss.
Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women and her unborn child. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.
A number of factors cause gums to be inflamed in the first place. These include:
- Poor diet that affects oral bacteria
- Plaque buildup
- Certain medications
To protect the stability and health of your overall health and oral health, you should seek treatment for gum disease as soon as possible. If you notice any signs or symptoms of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment at Rock Valley Dental. Together, we can help address your gum issues and restore the health of your smile.