Gum Disease

Your overall health is at stake

What many patients don’t realize is that although very common and treatable, gum disease left untreated can have serious effects on not only your gums and your oral health, but your systemic and total body health as well. If your gums bleed during regular brushing and flossing, this is one of the first warning signs of gum disease, and you should come see your Denver dentist, Dr. Paini right away. Your oral and overall health is on the line.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, periodontal disease, or periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the gums and teeth. Over half of the American adult population suffers from some form of gum disease. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, gums appear red or swollen, and will bleed during regular brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress into periodontitis, characterized by gum recession which causes deep pockets in the gums (breeding grounds for bacteria). Periodontitis causes loosening of the teeth, loss of the bone structure supporting the teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.

Gum Disease Infographic

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What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that is allowed to remain on the teeth and gums. Bacteria forms into plaque, which can be removed with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Plaque that is not removed will solidify into tartar, which must be removed by a dental hygienist. The gums do not like tartar. Tartar is the final straw in the relationship between the gums and the teeth. Tartar that is allowed to remain on the gum line irritates the gums, and the gums will pack their bags and begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede.

What are the risks?

Unfortunately, the consequences of leaving gum disease untreated reach far beyond the scope of the health of your mouth. Where, as stated above, gum disease can have a huge impact on your oral health, it can also wreak havoc on your systemic health and the rest of your body. The fact that many patients don’t realize is that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. The same bacteria that are causing problems in your mouth have easy access to travel from your mouth and into your circulatory system. Gum disease can greatly increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

Receding Gums Illustration

Could I have gum disease?

Signs & Symptoms

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums during regular brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums (teeth appear “larger” than before)
  • Unpleasant or metallic taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth

Risk Factors

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism, TMJ/TMD)
  • Certain medications
  • Poor nutrition

If you fall into any of the above categories, or notice any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, don’t worry, Dr. Paini wants you to know you are not alone. You are among half of the American adult population. The difference is, you are in the position to take action before it progresses. Don’t let your gum disease go untreated, because your oral and overall health is at stake.

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If you have any questions about gum disease, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Denver dentist, Dr. Paini at Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry, please contact us today. Our office is conveniently located in Downtown Denver! We love keeping Colorado's smiles shining.

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