It’s easy for dental visits to fall to the bottom of your to-do list. You have a life that’s already full of commitments, you aren’t experiencing any problems, and hey, you aren’t all that fond of dental visits anyway.
The problem with postponing appointments is that if a problem like gum disease is already developing, it will only get worse the longer you wait. Just because you don’t experience symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem!
How Gum Disease Damages Your Health
One of the problems with gum disease is that often it presents no symptoms at all. And even if you notice a little redness or bleeding when you brush, you may dismiss it as nothing to worry about it.
In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is usually characterized by puffy, red, or inflamed gums, bleeding when you brush, and bad breath that won’t go away. We usually treat gingivitis with a thorough dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits.
If you skip dental visits, gingivitis will develop into a severe form of gum disease – periodontitis. At this stage, you will notice the above symptoms as well as receding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. As the disease progresses, it continues to destroy gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Gum disease clearly damages your oral health, but did you know it also affects your general health? Numerous studies have concluded that chronic gum infections contribute to serious complications with disorders like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Protect Your Health, Schedule Today
Routine dental exams and cleanings are easy, and they will keep you a step ahead of problems like gum disease. Whether you have fallen behind with your dental care or you just want to ensure you have the healthiest smile possible, please call Birmingham, AL dentist Dr. Aaron Cook to arrange a convenient appointment!