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Why You Should Never Ignore Gum Disease

Why You Should Never Ignore Gum Disease

Good dental hygiene habits can help you keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy! As your Naples periodontist will tell you, these habits will also lower your risk of developing gum disease. This dental condition can have many consequences if left untreated, such as:

Bad Breath

Gum disease has different stages with different levels of severity. The very first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is associated with symptoms that can be reversed, including bad breath. If you ignore gingivitis, you will have to deal with bad breath—or rather, the people you talk to regularly will have to deal with it! A periodontist can tell you whether or not you have gingivitis and give you tips for reversing this stage of gum disease before it gets worse.

Swollen and Bleeding Gums

Bad breath is not the only symptom of gingivitis; many people also experience swollen or bleeding gums during this first stage of gum disease. As gingivitis develops and worsens, you might start to feel pain or discomfort around your gum line. You may also experience bleeding or more extreme pain when you touch your gums with your toothbrush while brushing your teeth. If you do not get help from a periodontist, your gums can get even more swollen and painful.

Receding Gums

As gingivitis worsens, it turns into the next stage of gum disease known as chronic periodontitis. This stage includes the symptoms of gingivitis as well as some new and more severe ones. If you ignore the discomfort of swollen gums, you might notice that your gum line starts to recede. This makes your teeth look longer and takes away support needed to keep teeth in their proper positions.

Tooth Loss

Did you know that gum disease is the top cause of tooth loss for American adults? That is because gum disease negatively affects both the gums and the underlying bone if it is left untreated. Visiting a dental office is essential for stopping your gum disease before it gets worse and leads to permanent consequences including tooth loss.

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