Gum disease is a progressive condition that destroys the connective tissues in your mouth. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Left untreated, this bacterial infection does not stay confined to the mouth and can have significant consequences for your overall health.
As gum disease progresses, your gums retract away from your teeth. This leaves pockets where bacteria and plaque can easily accumulate, leading to tooth decay. The loss of protective gum tissues may also cause tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking. If the infection is left unchecked, the connective tissues between the teeth and the jaw will eventually be destroyed. This causes shifting or loose teeth that may fall out or require extraction.
Gum disease doesn’t end with your gums—bacteria can enter the bloodstream through the gums and travel to the heart. This can lead to endocarditis, an infection of the lining or the valves of the heart. Additionally, those with untreated gum disease are at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other serious cardiovascular issues.
Many women experience pregnancy gingivitis as hormonal changes make them more susceptible to gum disease. Women with untreated gum disease are more likely to deliver pre-term or low-birth-weight babies. This can put your child at risk if they are born before their lungs have had time to sufficiently develop.
For those with diabetes, gum disease can present additional complications. Diabetics are more susceptible to infection, meaning it is easier to develop gum disease. Untreated gum disease results in greater difficulty managing blood glucose levels. Furthermore, those with pre-diabetes or a risk of developing diabetes may be at increased risk due to prolonged infection of the gums.
Don’t leave gum disease untreated—contact Colorado Advanced Dentistry today at (720) 420-1103. Our dental team specializes in state-of-the-art treatment and comfortable gum therapy to eliminate gum disease and improve your smile. Visit us on the web to learn more about our services in Lakewood, CO.