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Dangers of Periodontitis

Posted on 9/11/2023 by Evan
Dangers of PeriodontitisGum disease is a common oral condition affecting people of all ages. However, many people who suffer from this issue do not know they have it because it mostly occurs without signs. In most cases, you will likely experience the signs of gum disease in the severe stage called periodontitis. This stage can lead to critical oral conditions and life-threatening health issues. For this reason, you need to consider professional periodontitis treatment as soon as you realize the early signs. Read on to learn the potential dangers of periodontitis:

Receding Gums

Gum recession can happen due to aggressive brushing, flossing too hard, genetics, teeth grinding, and misalignments. In most cases, it results from periodontitis. If you notice that your teeth appear longer than usual, you are probably suffering from gum recession. Gum recession is the pulling back of the gums from the teeth.

A healthy mouth consists of pink gums and a consistent gum line around the teeth. If the gum tissues recede, the gums may appear inflamed, and you may notice a minor notch at the gum line. In addition, the teeth roots may become exposed, leading to sensitivity to hot and cold. That's not all: When the gum tissues wear away, they provide a good environment for plaque to build up. This leads to severe gum recession, which can make the teeth become loose.

Jawbone Loss

The jawbone plays a vital role in your oral health. It supports the teeth and gives shape to the chin and lower face. It also enhances chewing and speaking. Unfortunately, periodontitis can result in jawbone degradation. When you lose a significant amount of jawbone, you will likely experience issues such as teeth shifting, painful gums, teeth loosening, distortion of facial features, and abscess formation. Do you suspect periodontitis? Treating this condition in its early stage can be easy. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today and learn treatment options for periodontitis.

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