The Importance of Early Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums. The bacteria that cause gum disease elicit an inflammatory response that can make gum tissue red, tender, and puffy. Left untreated, gum disease can progress to harm your smile and your body. In Henderson NV, Dr. Heeyup Ghim of Black Mountain Dental stresses the importance of early treatment for gum disease to prevent serious complications.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease starts out rather mildly. You may see some blood when you rinse your mouth after brushing or notice that your gums look puffy or irritated. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Proper brushing and flossing at home coupled with a thorough dental cleaning can cure gingivitis.
Intermediary gum disease is the stage beyond gingivitis. During this phase, the bad bacteria that cause gum disease begin to damage the bonds that hold teeth in place.
Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can cause tooth, gum, and jawbone loss as infection flourishes.
Gum Disease Damage
Once gum disease passes beyond the early stage, it’s manageable but not curable. The symptoms can be treated, and the damage can be addressed. Sometimes, the treatment for advanced gum disease is surgical removal of diseased tissue. Teeth lost to gum disease should be replaced with a prosthetic solution.
But the problems don’t stop with your smile. Gum disease has been linked to whole-body health conditions that can decrease quality of life, including heart disease, lung problems, dementia, diabetes complications, low birth weight, osteoporosis, and more.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
When it comes to gum disease, don’t let your guard down. Practice good oral hygiene habits at home and attend regular dental checkups and cleanings at Black Mountain Dental. Dr. Ghim will assess the condition of your gums and provide tips on preventing gum disease. If signs of gum disease are present, we can administer prompt treatment to address or stop the damage.
Call today to schedule an appointment with Henderson NV dentist Dr. Ghim.