Can Gum Disease kill you? Well it CAN KILL YOU! It is well known that bacteria from gum disease can travel through the bloodstream and can lodge in an organ, creating focus of infection-an abscess.

Periodontitis (per-e-o-don-TIE-tis), also called gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and, without treatment, can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. It can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable.

Are your gums red, tender, swollen, or do they bleed when you brush your teeth? Do you have bad breath and hardened plaque buildup at your gum line? If so, you may be one of 80% of Americans who have gum disease. When plaque and tartar build up at the gum line, they emit bacteria that irritate sensitive gum tissue. As a result, gum disease sets in.

At your checkups and cleanings, we’ll look for signs of gum disease. Found in the moderate to mild stage, gum disease can be treated with scaling, root planning, and antibiotic therapy. This procedure is often called deep cleaning. Scaling involves removing tartar from below the gum line, and root planning is the smoothing of teeth roots to eliminate areas where plaque tends to accumulate. After deep cleaning, patients are scheduled for frequent follow-up visits so that the dentist can assess progress and help deter recurrence.

Common symptoms of gingivitis include red, puffy gums, blood in the sink during routine brushing, and if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to moderate or advanced periodontitis which have symptoms like tooth sensitivity, receding gums, and even tooth loss.

Red, Puffy, or Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums are pink and firm. If your gums become red, puffy/swollen, or blood starts appearing in the sink when you’re brushing your teeth, chances are that you have gingivitis. These are all signs that proper oral care is needed.

Bleeding Gums

Common as it may seem to be, it’s never natural to see bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. You may think that you’re just brushing too hard, but frequent gum bleeding is a likely sign that you have gingivitis. As plaque and tartar stay on your teeth, the gingiva becomes more irritated, causing your gums to become swollen, red, inflamed. These conditions cause gums to bleed easily, especially while brushing or flossing. According to the ADA, bleeding gums caused by gingivitis are completely reversible. Brushing twice daily and using an antiseptic mouthwash are important steps to help stop bleeding gums and reverse gingivitis.

Bad Breath

There is some suggestion that bad breath can also be an indicator of early stage gum disease. Usually caused by plaque buildup on the tongue, bad breath may be a sign that plaque and bacteria aren’t being properly removed.

Pain, Sensitivity and Other Advanced Signs

If the conditions in the mouth aren’t addressed, the symptoms of gingivitis may get worse and progress to periodontitis. Pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold, receding gums, and loose teeth are all signs of more advanced gum disease like moderate or advanced periodontitis.

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