Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss? While you can lose your teeth to decay and injury, gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss. When left untreated, gum disease attacks the gums and bones that support teeth, causing tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and increased pregnancy risks.
Albrecht Dentistry understands a beautiful smile should be founded on healthy gums. If you have a gum infection, Dr. James Albrecht offers periodontal treatments to treat or stop gum infection from progressing.
While several factors can cause gum disease, insufficient oral hygiene is the leading cause. When you fail to brush and floss properly, dental plaque forms in your mouth. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that inflame the gingival tissues, causing swelling, redness, and bleeding.
Plaque can be removed with at-home dental care. However, when it’s not flossed or brushed away, plaque irritates the gum tissue, causing what’s known as an inflammatory response. This fight between the bacterial plaque and your body’s defense damages your gums and bone the way two fighting enemies destroy a battlefield.
When diagnosed early, gum disease can be reversed with diligent oral hygiene alongside professional cleanings. Other treatments are available when standard methods fail to address gum disease which has advanced to later stages.
If left untreated, gum disease can have serious consequences. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment as soon as possible. Periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage to the bone and gum tissues when left to advance. You may require gum surgery for advanced gum disease. Our dental team will guide you so you can achieve optimal oral health.