While many suffer from periodontal disease, many do not receive treatment. This may be due to the fact that the majority of people do not realize the extent of the damage that can be cause by gum disease. This chronic oral infection displays itself in red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. The real damage, however, is occurring beneath the surface and will progress through the three stages of gum disease if left untreated. Whitestone, NY laser dentist Dr. Vito Clarizio can evaluate your risk of advanced periodontitis with a routine dental check-up, and if necessary, provide options for convenient treatment.
The Bacteria that Cause Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that spread throughout the mouth and become trapped in the gum pockets deepened by the disease. These bacteria infect your gum tissue and over time, they destroy the fibers and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. They cause your gums to recede, one of the few visible signs of the damage that the periodontal disease continues to inflict when left untreated. Gum recession produces the appearance of a lengthening of your teeth and is corrected only with gum grafting procedures.
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It is also possible for the bacteria to enter the bloodstream through openings in your gums. Once in your blood, the bacteria can circulate through your body with the potential to infect your vital organs. If infection is already present, they could worsen the condition.
Research has shown that periodontal disease can negatively impact other medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and pancreatic cancer, and may result in poor memory function and premature delivery of low birth weight babies.
The dangers of periodontal disease pose a threat to your overall health but are preventable with proper oral care. Visit your Whitestone, NY laser dentist, Dr. Clarizio, today to prevent gum disease.