Gum disease is one of the most common oral concerns for adults, though not everyone who has it knows it. Unfortunately, the longer it takes to identify and treat gum disease, the more harm it can cause to your gums and oral health by the time you do. Today, we take a look at what happens when you develop gum disease, including some of the symptoms that could warn you of it if you know what to look for and why it’s important to treat the condition as soon as possible.
What gum disease development looks like
Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, isn’t always an obvious condition at first. When it develops, the earliest stage of the disease (known as gingivitis) can manifest as slight irritation in the gum tissues. This include redness and swelling, as well as minor changes to the tissues’ texture and occasional bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. If you know that these signs indicate gum disease, then you’re more likely to take them seriously and seek treatment if you notice them. However, many people don’t realize this, and because early gum disease doesn’t usually cause any discomfort, it can be easy to overlook other symptoms as non-significant.
The importance of treating it fast
The fact that early gum disease symptoms aren’t always severe can fool some people into allowing the condition to progress much further before they realize it. What seems like minor irritation in your gums at first is actually gingivitis eroding the periodontal tissues that surround your teeth roots. The swelling signifies unchecked inflammation, which will continue to grow worse and potentially cause extensive damage to your gum tissues if left untreated. By treating gum disease early, you can avoid the progression of these concerns, and the substantial erosion of your gums and jawbone structure that make gum disease a high-risk factor for tooth loss.
Preventing more serious problems
The longer gum disease is allowed to progress, the more significant its impacts will be on your oral and overall health. Where your smile is concerned, this can include the continued erosion of your teeth’s supportive structures, which can lead to the loss or extraction of one or more teeth. Because of the chronic inflammation involved in gum disease’s progression, it can also raise your risks of chronic, systemic inflammatory conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and more.
Learn what to do if gum disease develops
If you develop gum disease, then dealing with it and managing it successfully will be extremely important to maintaining your healthy smile. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.