Infection Of The Gums.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gum tissues and is something seen all too often by Dr. Harbin and Dr. Jones Extending from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) to more serious infections and complications ( periodontitis), there is a wide range of fun disease severity.
Not only does gum disease affect the health of your mouth and teeth, but according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, it can affect your general health as well. This is because an infection in the mouth as a result of gum disease can travel to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. Gum disease is also a risk factor for heart disease, and can play a role in blood sugar levels.
Causes & Risk Factors of Gum Disease.
Gum disease is essentially caused by the build up of bacteria in your mouth. If you brush and floss everyday, this bacteria is washed away, but if not, it turns into plaque. If left unchecked, this plaque buildup can lead to gum disease.
Some of the common risk factors for gum disease include not taking good care of your teeth, failing to have one’s teeth cleaned every six months, experiencing hormonal changes, smoking cigarettes, developing diabetes, being genetically exposed to gum disease, or taking certain types of medications.
If you have bleeding or swollen gums, pockets between your gums and teeth, pain or other issues, you might have gum disease. Visit Hendersonville Family Dentistry for an exam, and learn the best course of action.