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Periodontal Disease Affects Health

Gum disease allows bacteria and infection access to your bloodstream. In addition to the damage it can cause to the health of your mouth, it can also have significant effects on your overall health, leading to or complicating the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain kinds of cancer
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Premature or low-weight birth babies

Bacteria's Effect On Health

When gingivitis is not corrected, it advances to periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when the connection between the teeth and gums starts to become irreversibly severed.

Causes of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when oral bacteria and their harmful toxins destroy the gum and bone tissues that support the teeth. The following can also contribute to the progression of periodontal disease:

  • Changes in hormones
  • Insufficient attention to oral hygiene
  • Tobacco use (in any form)
  • Ill-fitting dentures or other appliances
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

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Respiratory Diseases

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Certain Types of Cancer

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Osteoporosis

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Heart Disease

Understanding Gum Disease Symptoms and Stages

There are three main stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria begin to irritate the gums. At this stage, the underlying tissues are not yet affected. Symptoms include inflammation and redness of the gums along with bleeding when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is completely reversible if treated properly.

When gingivitis is not corrected, it advances to periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when the connection between the teeth and gums starts to become irreversibly severed. It is important to receive treatment at this point to stop further damage to the gum and supporting bone tissue.

When periodontitis moves into an advanced stage, the spaces between the gums and the teeth become much deeper and significant bone loss occurs, allowing teeth to shift and become loose. At this stage, it is necessary to see Dr. Samuel DeAngelo right away in order to save your teeth.

Gum Disease Treatment

Because later stages of periodontal disease are irreversible, it is very important to contact Dr. DeAngelo for gum disease treatment as soon as you experience any of its symptoms. Contact our office today to schedule your personalized consultation.