THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF LOST TEETH
Gum disease is one of the most common illnesses in the United States, affecting up to 80% of adults with some level of gingivitis or periodontal disease. The prevalence of gum disease causes some people to take it lightly or neglect treating it, as if it were a common cold. However gum disease can actually contribute to stroke and heart disease, and it is also linked to other health issues. Left untreated, gum disease puts you at risk of losing not only your teeth but the underlying bone tissue as well.
WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease happens when your gum tissue becomes infected with bacteria and inflamed. Bacteria is always present in everyone’s mouth, but in gum disease the bacteria begins to actually attack your gum tissue, causing it to bleed, feel sensitive, look red, get swollen, and recede from your teeth.
Gingivitis is the more moderate form of gum disease, and it comes from having a buildup of plaque in your mouth which turns to tartar. This tartar, in turn, contributes to the multiplication of the bad bacteria in your mouth, and these bacteria cause gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, you can avoid needing gum surgery by improving your dental hygiene and following Dr. Colkmire’s recommendations for effective non-surgical procedures that can virtually halt the spread of the disease.
The more serious form of gum disease is called Periodontitis or Periodontal disease, and this is a more severe infection that will probably end up needing surgery or tissue grafts to repair the damage that is being done and keep you from losing your teeth.
Implants For Missing Teeth
If you have already lost one or more teeth due to gum disease, dental implants may be a great option for you. Implants offer a securely-fixed tooth that is made to look so natural that even many dentists can’t tell.
WE CAN HELP YOU SAVE YOUR SMILE
Don’t put off the treatment of your gum health. Dr. Colkmire can diagnose whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis, and he can talk to you about what you need to do to halt or repair your gum infection. Save your teeth and better your overall health with a consultation. Schedule your appointment today.
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