Date: April 25, 2014 Richard Jones

Gum Disease

Contrary to what some people think, gum diseases are very common and can be experienced by any individual – regardless of age, gender or race. It is very easy to think that an older person is more likely to have a gum disease, but in reality – infections that deal with the teeth and gums are becoming more prevalent even among younger patients as well.

Gum diseases may start out as slightly uncomfortable or irritating conditions; however, if a gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental problems and complications in the future. Some of the complications that can arise from gum diseases that are left untreated include the loosening of teeth – or in more severe cases, the falling out of teeth.

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Types of Gum Diseases

  • Gingivitis – This is considered to be the mildest form of gum disease. This gum disease is usually caused by poor dental hygiene, but can also be caused by use of specific medications, smoking, and other medical conditions. Symptoms of gingivitis include gums that are swollen and red, and bleed easily.
  • Periodontitis – This gum disease usually results from gingivitis that has not been treated properly. The plaque build-up can go under the gum line, and produce toxins that will irritate the gums. Symptoms of periodontitisinclude the gums separating from the tooth, forming a pocket that can become infected with bacteria. If left untreated, periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth loss.Types of Periodontitis
    • Aggressive Periodontitis – Symptoms include very rapid separation of the gums from teeth; can occur in patients who are otherwise in the best of health.
    • Chronic Periodontitis – The most common form of periodontitis; this gum disease results in gums receding, or the formation of pockets between the gums and teeth.
    • Necrotizing Periodontal Disease – Involves lesions in the gums, and is common among patients suffering from malnutrition or HIV.
    • Periodontitis from Systemic Diseases – Gum diseases associated with patients who have diabetes, respiratory diseases and heart diseases.

Gum diseases can be prevented (or at the very least, stopped from further progressing) by proper dental hygiene. Gingivitis and periodontitis start and are worsened with the presence of plaque – which can be prevented with proper teeth brushing and regular visits to the dentist. This is Dentistry will point you to the right direction, so you can get in touch with a dentist in your local area who will make sure that you are as far away as possible from gum diseases – and the complications that can come with them.

 

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