Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the number one cause of tooth loss, and is caused by bacteria that eat away at the gum tissues and jawbone. Bacteria can literally multiply by the millions in just a few hours and if not removed, it will cause a crevice between the gum tissues and the tooth.
You may notice some bleeding as this occurs, possible bad breath, bad taste, and maybe red, swollen gums. As the bacteria hides in these crevices, it produces toxins that start eating away at the jawbone and if left untreated, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out. It is a silent disease, therefore it is possible to have gum disease with no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental cleaning with one of our specially trained hygienist is so important. They will help you to establish a good hygiene program for optimum oral health.
Advanced research from the American Academy of Periodontology has revealed gum disease may represent a far more serious threat to the overall health than previously realised. These studies found that periodontal (gum) infections may contribute to the development of heart disease, the nation’s number one cause of death, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.
“It seems clear that gum disease, far from being just an oral health problem, actually represents a significant health risk to millions of people,” said Robert Genco, D.D.S., Ph.D., editor-in-chief of the Journal of Periodontology.
“Periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation and bacterial infections of the gums surrounding the teeth. The bacteria that area associated with periodontal disease can travel into the bloodstream to other parts of the body, and that puts health at risk,” “People think of gum disease in terms of their teeth, but they don’t think about the fact that gum disease is a serious infection that can release bacteria into the bloodstream. The end result could mean additional health risks for people whose health is already affected by other diseases or lead to serious complications like heart disease.”