Healthy gums are generally pink and serve to anchor the teeth firmly in place.
Research has shown that gum disease can influence heart disease and other health conditions in negative ways. Studies suggest that gum disease could even be a more serious factor in heart disease than smoking, cholesterol, hypertension and age. One reason for this is that the bacteria found in diseased gums can come loose and move throughout the body. When this bacteria reaches arteries it can cause arterial plaque to build up and harden which in turn adversely affect blood flow.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease.
- Inflammation of the gums
- Plaque and Tartar build up at the gum line
- Red and puffy gums
- Bleeding from the gums caused by brushing or flossing
At this stage the bone and fibers holding your teeth in place have not yet been affected. With treatment, gingivitis can be reversed!
Periodontal Health Affects: The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which causes the gums to become swollen and bleed. This is due to toxins, enzymes and plaque byproducts released within the gums. In order for your gums to return to a healthy state, treatment from Dr. Natalia Streltsov is required in addition to proper oral hygiene.
- Plaque has spread to the roots
- Infection continues to worsen
- The infection has damaged the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place
- Gums may have begun to pull away from your teeth forming a “pocket” below the gum line, which traps food, bacteria and plaque
- Immediate treatment can still stop further damage and tooth loss.
At this final stage of gum disease the fibers and bone that support your teeth have been destroyed, causing your teeth to loosen or shift. This movement of your teeth can affect your bite causing other dental problems. If these teeth are not treated, they may need to be removed to prevent further damage.
Clinical studies prove that periodontal disease, when left untreated, can result in increased probing depths, loss of attachment, and loss of teeth. A plaque index greater than 70% and smoking are the most predictive factors. The overall, when periodontal disease is left untreated the result is destruction of the periodontal support apparatus and tooth loss.
Teeth that are damaged will always be more sensitive to cold and will worsen if you avoid cleaning them due to this sensitivity. Damage may be caused by gum disease or infection, cavities and jaw clenching, all of which can damage the tooth’s nerves. Sensitivity should not last long after treatment as long as proper cleaning and maintenance is continued. If your teeth are extra sensitive or painful, please consult with us as this could be a sign of other gum issues or a root canal.
Summer Court Dental Office Information
Natalia Streltsov, D.M.D
Summer Court Dental
1 Summer Court
Hanover, NH 03755
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