Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease with symptoms that are relatively mild and often go unnoticed. Common indicators of early gum disease include receding gums, swollen gums that bleed when they are brushed, and chronic bad breath. However, when gingivitis is left untreated, it worsens and can lead to periodontal disease. Read on to learn why this condition should always be corrected by a dentist as soon as possible.
- Effects of Periodontitis
Severe symptoms of periodontal disease include the inner layer of gum tissue pulling away from the teeth, forming pockets that can collect debris and become infected. These recesses bleed easily, cause the teeth to become loose, and painful when touched. Long-term effects of periodontitis include permanent damage to teeth, gums, connective tissue, and bone. If left untreated, periodontitis can progress until the gum recedes, exposing the root and causing sensitivity and pain in teeth. At its most severe, periodontal disease can lead to the loss of permanent adult teeth.
- Further Health Problems
Untreated gum disease can also lead to other serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, individuals with diabetes have an additional risk, as gum disease can lead to poor blood sugar control in diabetics.
- Treatment Options
Until recently, gum disease treatment relied on invasive surgery. However, with the development and advancement of LANAP laser gum treatment, you gum disease can now be treated quickly and easily.
For help treating all stages of gum disease, early or advanced - Contact Dr. VanWechel of Colorado Advanced Dentistry. Our practice uses the advanced LANAP laser gum treatment to eliminate periodontal disease. To make an appointment to have your gums evaluated, call Colorado Advanced Dentistry today at (720) 420-1103.