Gum disease is a serious health concern that affects more than your teeth. Gum disease comes in two forms – the beginning stages, referred to as gingivitis, and the more serious stage also called periodontitis. As periodontal disease develops, the gums become infected and inflamed, and may eventually form pockets that hold bacteria and infection. Those with periodontitis may bleed when flossing or brushing, report serious pain in the gums or even lose their teeth.
Gum disease dangers reach much further than just the mouth – gum disease is also linked to serious health conditions like diabetes. In this case, it’s a two-way sword – gum disease can worsen diabetic complications, while diabetes can make periodontitis worse. Fortunately, those who control their diabetes are not at any higher risk for gum disease than another.
How to Fight Gum Disease
If you are brushing and flossing regularly, and seeing a dentist or periodontist in Traverse, MI twice a year for check-ups, you are well on your way to stopping the disease before it starts. Unfortunately, some patients may still deal with periodontitis or gingivitis, regardless of how well they care for their teeth. We have a few tips that can help you fight gum disease from your own home.
Even when your teeth look or feel clean, plaque can hide and is difficult to see by the naked eye. This highlights the importance of seeing a professional regularly to ensure that your oral health is where it should be.
Give Us a Call
If you need to see a professional, or have additional questions about gum disease call Dr. Amalfitano’s office today for an appointment at 231-480-4377.