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Gum disease – or periodontitis, as it’s formally known – is one of the biggest problems affecting the oral health of American adults today. However, few very people understand its potential severity and why they should bother trying to prevent gum disease in the first place.

In order to help you understand that, our team here at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas has put together this information to explain why you should do all you can to avoid gum disease.

The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Initial symptoms include red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing. It also includes chronic bad breath. This level of infection can often be remedied by a thorough cleaning procedure. You can then prevent future infections with consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Without timely and effective treatment, gingivitis will inevitably develop into the most advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of infection in the gum tissue can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth. This enables pockets of infection to form deep within the gum tissues. In time, it can even result in the loss of bone structure where your teeth anchor to your jaw.

The systemic inflammation resulting from chronic periodontitis can also tax your immune system. Continuing research has found that this can be related to other medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

If you’ve suffered from gum disease and need treatment to restore your teeth, we can help. Call us today at 704-364-3770 to explore your restoration options.