If you have noticed blood in the sink after you brush or floss, you may have a common gum disease known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is treatable with non-invasive therapies and lifestyle changes, but it can progress to a serious condition called advanced periodontitis if treatment is not used. Here is a look at the destructive path of untreated gum disease that you can avoid with a simple visit to the dentist.
Once the gum tissue becomes infected, plaque and bacteria may begin to erode the soft tissue, exposing more of the roots of the teeth. This is problematic because these parts of the tooth are more vulnerable to decay. At this point, the infection may spread to other areas of the body as well, because the loss of gum tissue will reveal tiny blood vessels that can carry bacteria away from the mouth.
The gum tissue supports the teeth and holds them in place, so gum loss resulting from advanced periodontitis can cause the teeth to fall out over time. Alternatively, tooth decay can become so extensive that extraction is the only appropriate course of action for treatment.
The teeth help keep the underlying bone in the jaw strong, and when teeth are lost to severe decay, the jaw bone may begin to wear away. While this will not occur until extensive damage has taken place, it is still a concern for patients facing advanced gum disease—especially if the patient has a history of osteoporosis.
For gum disease treatment at any stage, call Valley View Dental at 630-904-5600 to schedule a consultation today. Valley View serves patients of all ages in the Naperville and Romeoville communities offering general, cosmetic, and periodontal procedures to keep your smile healthy.