Gum recession can multiple negative effects on your life: not only can it steal your smile and decrease self-confidence, it can also cause a multitude of health issues. Besides pain and personal discomfort, the effects of receding gums can lead to tooth loss and higher risk of issues severely impacting your long-term health.
Why Are Receding Gums So Dangerous?
Did you know that your gums can affect your heart and immune system? Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth taking root in your gums. These same bacteria cause cavities, and as your teeth and gums erode you’re more prone to bleeding and sores. Bacteria can enter your bloodstream through sores and cuts. Once it’s in your bloodstream, it can affect your entire cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of heart disease. The continued presence of bacteria in your bloodstream can also affect and compromise your immune system.
What Happens if I Get Gum Disease?
Gum disease erodes at the health of your teeth and loosens them at the roots, often killing teeth at the root and decaying gums. It can start as a single pocket of infection in the gum tissue, but could spread throughout your entire mouth. Luckily there are many treatment options, and even corrective procedures.
How Can I Treat Gum Disease and Gum Recession?
The first step in improving the health of your gums is to improve your oral health regimen. Talk to a dentist about improving flossing, using medicated mouthwashes or toothpastes, and finding the right toothbrush to be gentle to your gums. Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche, periodontist in Leesburg, VA will be happy to talk to you about procedures for correcting gum recession. Contact us today to take the first step toward protecting both your smile and your health.