If you have noticed your gums bleeding when you brush your teeth, or have experienced tenderness or swelling of your gums, you may have seen the first signs of periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this condition can present itself in several different forms and stages. Some cases can become severe, causing tooth and bone loss, if not addressed in a timely manner. Symptoms are often easily overlooked in beginning stages, which is why it is vital to visit your dentist for routine preventive care and examinations.
Gingivitis is the only reversible stage of gum disease. Because this disease is considered progressive, it usually begins in a milder form that often goes unnoticed. Gingivitis can occur when bacteria begin to gather under your gum line and form plaque, causing inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. In some cases, brushing and flossing can remove this buildup; but often a professional dental cleaning is required to restore your gums to a healthy state.
Bleeding gums can lead to other serious illnesses. When your gums bleed, it’s like having a small open wound in your mouth. Dangerous bacteria can travel through this wound, into your bloodstream, and wreak havoc on your internal organs. Gum disease and other oral infections have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and more.
In extreme cases, gum disease can cause tooth and bone loss, that will require extensive reconstructive and grafting treatments. Once your gums begin to separate from your teeth, periodontal pockets can form and provide a place for bacteria to accumulate and destroy connective tissue. Without treatment, this can eventually cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. If the infection reaches your jawbone, it can cause erosion and loss of bone density.
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Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.