The Cost of Ignoring Gum Disease
Gum disease is a common condition and is easy to ignore. If you have gingivitis, for example, you may notice that your gums are inflamed or that they bleed when you floss. This is the first stage of gum disease and when treated quickly, the damage of infection can be reversed. However, most people do not seek treatment at this point. Additional symptoms will develop, such as bad breath, receding gums, and tooth sensitivity, as the disease progresses to periodontitis.
Over time, the bacteria damage your gums, teeth, and bone, devastating your smile. By the time you have advanced periodontitis, your teeth may be loose and shifting. That, however, is not the end of it. Periodontal disease increases your likelihood of developing other systemic illnesses, such as heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and stroke, to name a few.
Treatment of gum disease is critical to your health, and it does not have to be painful or inconvenient. Dr. Nargiz Schmidt offers numerous treatments for gum disease that are effective and minimally invasive, like laser gum surgery and scaling and root planing. We also offer osseous surgery.
With these treatments, our team can effectively remove bacteria and infected tissue, restoring the health of your smile. Once your gums are free of infection, we recommend you come in for periodontal maintenance every three to four months. Maintenance keeps the bacteria that are always present in your mouth from overpopulating and infecting the gum tissue again.