Gum disease is a serious and common condition. Many people are initially unaware that they have gum disease, which is why our doctor wants to help you be aware of its risks and symptoms. We invite you to review the risks and symptoms below, and contact Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at 770-781-3685 with any questions you may have. You are also welcome to contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shelly Montes to see if you require periodontal treatment. Take charge of your oral health by reviewing the risks and symptoms of gum disease in Cumming, Georgia.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can affects both your gums and your teeth. It is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gum line, often a result of poor oral hygiene, medications, or other health problems. When the plaque hardens, it separates your gums from your teeth and creates an area for harmful bacteria to hide out. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your tooth’s roots and to your bone.
There are many risks associated with gum disease, especially if it is left untreated. In addition to causing tissue, tooth, and bone damage, it the infection can enter your bloodstream and cause problems to your overall health. This can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Studies have also shown that periodontal disease (advanced gum disease) can affect premature births, diabetes, and pneumonia.
Although it is important to know the risks of gum disease, it is also important to recognize the symptoms so you can get immediate treatment. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Bleeding, inflamed, and tender gums
- Hardened yellow or white substance between your gums and teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Dark spots or gaps at the base of your teeth, along the gum line
In many cases, the early signs of gum disease go unnoticed, and patients do not realize that they have developed gum disease until it is damaging their gums. To help catch gum disease early on, it is essential that you visit your dentist regularly for checkups. You are also welcome to visit our periodontist to see if you require gum disease treatment. Please call or visit our office to schedule your appointment, and to learn more. We are here to help your smile stay healthy.