When oral bacteria come together, they form a sticky biofilm that protects them and allows them to stick to your teeth and gums. When left untended, this substance (called plaque) is the source for some of the most destructive oral health issues around, including periodontal (gum) disease. As the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America, gum disease affects nearly 80% of the adult population. To help raise awareness of the silent epidemic, Miami dentist Dr. Arun Garg explains how gum disease forms and the dangers it can pose to your oral and overall health.
The Birth of a Beast
Considering the extensive damage that gum disease can lead to, its beginnings are relatively quiet. Some of the bacteria that contribute to dental plaque release toxins, and when enough of the germs gather, the toxins they release can irritate your gum tissue. Your immune system is tasked with regulating and eliminating harmful microorganisms, and a common immune response is inflammation. Consequently, common symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, and often-bleeding gums.
Gum Disease on the Warpath
While bacteria are largely to blame for the development of gum disease, the resulting inflammation is a main contributor to the disease’s damage. If not treated, gum disease can destroy the tissues that connect your gums to your teeth, causing your gums to pull away and form small pockets between them and your teeth. Eventually, untreated gum disease continues to destroy gum tissue, working its way down to the jawbone that supports your teeth.
Heal Gum Disease Wounds in Miami
If gum disease is allowed to advance, there is a good chance you may lose one or more teeth. To learn how to replace lost teeth and prevent continuing damage, schedule a consultation with your Miami general dentist. Contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.