On just about every commercial for toothpaste, mouthwash, or other dental care products, you’ll hear the announcer mention that the featured product is good for preventing cavities and gum disease. While you probably know why preventing cavities is a good thing (hello, toothaches and fillings), you might not know what all the fuss about gum disease is. You may be surprised to learn that nearly half of all Americans have some form of gum disease and it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss nationwide. Today, we’re looking at why dental industry experts believe gum disease is a big deal and an even bigger threat to your smile.
Big Deal: Stinky Breath and Bleeding Gums
Gum disease is caused by an overabundance of oral bacteria building up along the gumline and causing the gum tissue to become infected and inflamed. These oral bacteria secrete a highly acidic and very smelly by-product, resulting in a distinctive bad odor. Additionally, the inflamed gums bleed easily, especially after brushing and flossing.
Bigger Deal: Tooth Loss
According to the Centers for Disease Control, gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. When a person doesn’t seek treatment for gum disease, their body fights the infection itself by killing off the gum and connective tissue surrounding a tooth. The loss of connective tissue causes the tooth to loosen and eventually fall out.
Biggest Deal: Increased Risk of Serious Health Problems
Current research demonstrates that severe gum disease is linked to an increased risk for a number of serious health problems, including diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardened arteries), and respiratory illnesses. In addition, the inflammation associated with gum disease can prompt inflammation in other parts of the body, meaning that untreated gum disease can lead to arthritis flare-ups.
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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.