Dangers Associated with Gum Disease

Dangers Associated with Gum DiseaseGum disease can cause many oral problems like tooth loss and pain. However, it has also been linked to a variety of other health issues including strokes and heart attacks. People develop gum disease when bacteria-filled tarter and plaque accumulate on the teeth. Bacteria create an infection in the gums. When it is not treated, it spreads to bones and tissue that keep teeth in place. That infection or inflammation can also spread to vessels that lead to the brain and heart, making individuals more prone to strokes and heart attacks.

Another danger associated with gum disease involves pregnant women. Pregnancy tends to make the gums red and inflamed. They may also bleed. When the gingivitis gets worse it can lead to preterm birth. Individuals with diabetes also need to pay particular attention to their oral hygiene. By preventing or improving the symptoms of gum disease, they will be able to better control their diabetes. Therefore, it is important for those with diabetes to visit our dentist in Los Angeles, so they can catch any changes in the appearance of the gums.

Advanced cases of gum disease may lead to the need for one or more types of periodontal treatment, such as dental implants, dentures or dental bridges. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing after every meal, flossing once a day and visiting our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist on a regular basis for a thorough cleaning and examination.


Source: Los Angeles Dentist
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