The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that gum disease affects more than 64 million American adults. Gum disease can pose a threat to your overall health and if left untreated, it can have negative long-term repercussions on your entire body not just your mouth. With that being said, gum disease is not something that should be taken lightly. To better understand gum disease and its effects,
Gum Disease advances in 3 stages:
- The first stage is gingivitis – this occurs as a result of plaque buildup and other bacteria infecting your gums. At this stage, the illness is the easiest to treat.
- The second stage is
periodontitis– pockets start to form under your gumlineat this stage. This leads to food particles and plaque being trapped within the pockets, causing irreversible damage to yourjawbone and other periodontal fibers.
- The third stage is advanced periodontitis – in this final stage, frequent tooth loss occurs since the structural integrity of your mouth has been compromised. There is no treatment that can repair this damage, but steps can be taken to help minimize and manage ongoing issues.
Effects of gum disease
Other than the typical side effects that gum disease causes like bleeding gums, tooth loss, and all-around pain in the oral region. Gum disease will start to produce inflammation that can start to spread throughout the body causing further damage that can lead to other major illnesses like:
- Heart attack
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Heart disease
- Premature birth
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