Horrible Dangers of Untreated Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease begins the moment tartar and plaques build up. These bacteria produce toxins that cause infection of the bone structure and gum tissues that lead to chronic inflammation and tooth loss. 

Younger patients often don’t show any signs and symptoms of gum disease since the start of the infection tends to be painless most of the time. These symptoms only worsen and become more prevalent among adults aged 30 to 40 years old. 

The most telltale signs of gum disease include the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Inflamed or red gums
  • Sensitive teeth

It may initially start as gum inflammation or gingivitis without you knowing that it’s already the beginning of gum disease. Sadly, aside from the fact that the condition needs lifelong care, the only thing you can do is to manage it since there’s no way to reverse the problem. 

To make things worse, gum disease is also found to trigger several life-threatening health issues including the following:

Recommended Treatment for Gum Disease 

The specific stage of gum disease will help determine how effective its treatment will be. However, most of the time, the ultimate goal is to be in control of any infection and avoid more serious damage and effects.

Scaling and Root Planing

For less serious cases of gum disease, the dentist removes the plaque that causes infection using the method known as scaling and root planning. This is a method of deep cleaning that eliminates bacteria on the tooth root and from around the gum line. 

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