Today, 50% of adults in the United States suffer from one form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of periodontal disease, occurs due to a bacterial imbalance in the mouth.
The first signs of Gingivitis are bleeding gums, inflamed gums and bad breath. Gingivitis is treated successfully at the earliest stages with a dental intervention, i.e. a scaling and root planing, and good home care. In recent years, research has found that the bacterial infection from your gums can travel to the bloodstream and can contribute to other systemic disease.
Periodontitis, which is a term for more advanced stages of gum disease, can cause loose teeth, loss of alveolar bone, and eventual loosening of the teeth. It is essential to have your dentist periodically check your gums and pocket depths for possible signs of gum disease. Your overall health begins with good oral hygiene, regular dental checkups, good home care, and a team effort between you and your dentist.
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