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Dangers of Not Getting Your Gums Cleaned Off Each Day

Posted on 10/20/2019 by Louis McDonald, D.D.S.
Dangers of Not Getting Your Gums Cleaned Off Each DayIf your gums are not cleaned regularly, the accumulation of plaque will lead to tartar build-up. Tartar can cause cavities, decay in your teeth, receding gum lines, gum disease, and many other health problems.

Gum disease, sometimes known as periodontitis or gingivitis, is a serious infection. It is caused by a build-up of tartar. This can be very damaging to your teeth and gums. However, if caught early, periodontitis can be treated and the damage stopped.

Stages of Periodontitis

There are four basic stages of periodontitis. It begins with inflammation of the gums, called gingivitis. During this stage, you may notice a yellowing of your teeth and bleeding from your gums. In the early stages of periodontitis, your gums will begin to recede and pockets will form between your teeth and gums. The pockets will eventually fill with harmful bacteria and can cause some bone loss. If left unchecked, you will start to experience pain and possible loose teeth.

If periodontitis continues into its advanced stages, the connective tissue in your mouth begins to deteriorate, destroying the gums, bones, and other tissue. You may experience severe bad breath, pain while chewing, and a nasty taste in your mouth. It is very common to lose teeth. Other complications may include: abscesses, exposure of the tooth root, complications during pregnancy, migration of your teeth, increased risk of heart disease, and more!

You can prevent periodontitis and other gum diseases by regular oral hygiene practices and visiting us at least twice per year. We can give you instructions on how to properly care for your teeth and gums, advice on how to use your toothbrush and floss, and also help to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Find out what condition your gums are in, by calling us and setting up your next appointment.


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