Gum disease is an infection of the gum, bone and tissues which can eventually result in an unstable base for your teeth, which can even lead to them falling out or needing removal.
Gum disease is a primary cause of tooth loss, and is often linked to diabetes. Diabetes slows blood circulation, which can contribute to the onset of infections of gum tissues. High saliva sugar levels associated with diabetes promote the growth of bacteria which causes gum disease.
Smoking and poor oral hygiene for people with diabetes significantly heightens the incidence of gum disease.
What are the signs of gum disease?
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen and red gums
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting food
How can you prevent gum disease?
- Control your sugar levels
- Maintain good oral hygiene
- Maintain a proper and balanced diet
- Avoid smoking
- Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings
Early detection of gum disease can lead to proper treatment and eventual reversal of the disease. If not treated, gum disease may lead to serious bone and tooth loss.
If you're worried about gum disease, call us today.