Once you’ve developed gum disease , it will be a part of your life forever. While many people may not consider it a serious concern, the chronic disease affects over 80% of adults in America and is the number one cause of permanent tooth loss. To help you protect your oral health from the dangers of gum disease, Silicon Valley dentistDr. Randall LaFrom explores the silent epidemic and the destruction that it can cause.
The Silent Epidemic
As devastating as gum disease can be, it usually does not cause discomfort in its early stages. The beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is marked by red, swollen, and often bleeding gums. The inflammation is your immune system’s response to excessive bacteria accumulation on your gum line in the form of dental plaque . When plaque irritates your gums, they can separate, forming small pockets between your gum tissue and your teeth where more bacteria can settle and continue their destructive task. The separation also exposes your teeth’s roots, causing one or more teeth to become sensitive, especially to hot and cold temperatures.
Beyond Your Teeth and Gums
If caught early, gingivitis can often be reversed with personalized periodontal treatment and an improved oral hygiene routine. If allowed to progress, however, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis; a more advanced form of gum disease that attacks your teeth’s supporting structures of gum tissue and jawbone. Your diseased mouth can also provide a way for oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream, perhaps explaining the results of numerous studies that have linked gum disease to an increased risk of systemic illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and many others.
Excellent Dental Health in Silicon Valley
Keeping your gums free of disease can benefit more than your oral health; it can improve your chances of maintaining your physical wellbeing. To learn more, schedule a dental consultation with Dr. LaFrom at our Silicon Valley dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.