Periodontal disease, especially in its severe form, can become a serious threat to your health in many different ways. As the name suggests, the disease focuses on the protective periodontal tissues (or gum tissues) that protect the roots of your teeth. When diseased, these tissues can no longer offer that protection, leading to a host of complications with your oral health, and more. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, our goal is to help you avoid the potentially serious effects of gum disease by offering highly personalized periodontal care and maintenance.
Your ability to retain your teeth
The periodontal tissues that surround your teeth roots aren’t the only thing that support your teeth. Their roots are also securely embedded within your jawbone, underneath your periodontal tissues, and severe gum disease can begin to affect this jawbone structure, as well. Because of this, gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. It can gradually erode the structures that your teeth rely on for support, making your jawbone and gums less able to retain your healthy, natural teeth. After getting gum disease under control, your treatment may also include replacing any teeth that you may have lost because of it.
Your cardiovascular and other systemic risks
There are many factors that contribute to gum disease and its progression, but the inflammation that harmful bacteria cause within your gums is one of the most significant. This inflammation continues unchecked due to harmful molecules that oral bacteria produce. When diseased gums bleed, this bacterium can enter the bloodstream, and its penchant for inciting inflammation can cause problems in other areas of your body. This effect makes the presence of untreated gum disease a significant risk factor in conditions such as cardiovascular disease and other chronic inflammatory issues.
Your overall quality of life
The gradual destruction of your smile, potentially severe tooth loss, and systemic health risks associated with gum disease can collectively have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. As gum disease progresses, so can discomfort in your gums and in and around your teeth. After losing teeth, your confidence and ability to bite, chew, and speak properly can be affected. If you are already ill and require medication, then the chronic inflammation in your system may impact your health further.
Stop the effects of gum disease
If left untreated, the effects of gum disease can have an increasingly more severe impact on several aspects of your health and wellbeing. For more information about how to treat gum disease and stop those effects, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.