Poor oral hygiene practices can allow residual plaque, food particles, and sugar residue to harden into bacteria-rich tartar near the gumline. As this continues to occur your chances of suffering from gum disease can increase significantly.
This typically starts out as the gum inflammation of gingivitis. This can cause your gums to appear red or inflamed gums, and they might also tend to bleed easily during brushing and flossing. Many people with gum health issues also struggle with chronic bad breath.
Without diagnosis and treatment by a dentist like Dr. Daniel Sahutske gingivitis can gradually worsen into the serious periodontal infection of periodontitis.
This can cause your gum tissues to slowly recede from your teeth forming pockets of infection in the dental sockets. This can eventually lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.
Continuing research has also found a relationship between the systemic inflammation of periodontitis and other medical conditions like diabetes, increased risk of stroke, and heart disease. While it can’t cause these conditions gum disease can exacerbate symptoms and impact your treatment options.
If you live in the Oxford, Michigan, area and you suspect you have periodontal disease, you should call 248-628-2540 to seek treatment at Oxford Lakes Dental Care.