Gum disease affects 36 million people in the United States. The best way to prevent serious damage to your gum tissue, teeth, and overall health is to prevent gum disease altogether or, if you are already affected, catch it in the early stages. Gingivitis, the earlier, mild stage of gum disease, is easy to treat and prevent with a thorough oral health regimen.
Left untreated, gingivitis will worsen and become periodontitis, a severe stage of gum disease with features like persistent gum bleeding, infection, and accelerated tooth decay or loss. The Mayo clinic has even published studies showing a link between gum disease and life-threatening conditions like heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke.
Severe periodontitis can cause permanent damage and requires expensive, painful surgery to correct, so prevention is key. Maintaining a routine of brushing, flossing, and regular dental examinations and teeth cleaning will help you keep your teeth and your health in good shape for every stage of your life.
Gingivitis can be difficult to detect, so regular checkups along with solid oral care are the best means of prevention. If you experience swollen or irritated gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, or a change in the color of your gums, schedule a checkup and cleaning at Infinite Dental Wellness today!