Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue primarily caused by a buildup of tartar at the gum line. The earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis can cause gums red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing.
If gingivitis isn’t resolved in a timely manner it can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of infection and inflammation causes your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. This creates pockets of infection deep in the gum tissue, which can compromise the roots of your teeth and even cause bone loss in your jaw. In time this can cause you to lose multiple teeth, and seriously compromise your mouth.
The systemic inflammation that comes from this serious infection also taxes the immune system and can have an impact on other medical conditions. New research has found a relationship between periodontitis and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. While periodontitis does not cause these conditions, they seem to be related and sometimes the inflammation issues can impede treatment options.
If you have questions about gum disease, or you are concerned that you might have developed gum disease, please feel free to call us at 661-254-4000 so we can help you explore your treatment options.