How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Health
Many people are unaware that they have gum disease, as it can happen slowly over time. You may have bleeding gums or perhaps discomfort and inflammation around your gums that always seems to be present. Because our mouths naturally contain bacteria and other particles, it is important to keep our teeth and gums clean on a daily basis.
Failing to brush and floss your teeth daily can result in gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease where plaque and bacteria inflame your gum tissues) or thereafter, periodontitis (inflamed gums end up pulling away from the teeth to create pockets, allowing for bacterial toxins to destroy bone tissue).
Gum disease has been linked to a variety of serious systemic health complications, including:
- Heart disease
- Pancreatic cancer
- Premature birth and low birth weight babies
There are treatment options available to help correct gum disease in Jacksonville, FL such as cutting the gum tissue down and stitching it back together, or extracting the teeth and replacing them with implants but the day has come where you can now choose a minimally invasive option.