Problems That Can Develop If You Have Gum Disease

Problems That Can Develop If You Have Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common oral condition in about 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older. Poor oral hygiene habits, family history (genetics), medication, or other pre-existing conditions allow for bacteria to grow and spread, giving gum disease a flourishing place to grow. 

At Momentum Dental in Woodbridge, VA, Tamesha Morris, DDS, and our experienced team can discuss gum disease treatment options and provide you with preventative oral care to get your smile healthy again. 

Signs and symptoms

Gum disease has many symptoms, mostly revolving around your gums. You may notice bleeding and a buildup of plaque. You may also experience: 

Diagnosing gum disease

To diagnose gum disease, your dentist will do an overall, comprehensive exam. Gum bleeding, swelling, pocket depth, and firmness all play a role in diagnosing the severity of your gum disease. If your teeth are sensitive or your alignment is off, you may be at risk for more complications. Last, your dentist will look at your jawbone and determine the breakdown of bone around your teeth and gums. 

Gum disease and the impact on your health

Gum disease can affect more than just your oral health. In fact, gum disease can have a lasting effect on your overall health if not treated. 

Increased risk of heart disease

Research suggests a link between gum disease and heart conditions (heart attacks, heart disease). Scientists have discovered a new type of plaque made of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in blood that builds up around the arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. The fatty plaque is what causes heart diseases.

Diabetes and other complications

Diabetes and gum disease are closely connected. People with gum disease may have higher levels of HbA1C, which is a form of glucose-linked hemoglobin that measures how diabetes is controlled. High levels can lead to complications with diabetes. 

Gum disease impacts blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes, you’re more susceptible to infection. A higher risk could mean a higher risk for gum disease complications. If you do have diabetes, ensure you are under the care of a physician to manage your symptoms.

Complications of poor oral health

Gum disease leaves behind plaque and bacteria, which can lead to tooth loss, cracked teeth, poor gum health, and impact your body’s ability to fight an infection. Infections that begin in your mouth may heal slower or not at all. 

Taking good care of your oral health can mean the difference between good overall health and poor overall health. Take the first step to a healthier smile.

If you’re concerned about your oral health or are at risk for gum disease, visit the specialists at Momentum Dental. Don’t let a chipped, broken, cracked tooth impact your smile. Call or book your appointment today.

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