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How Does Gum Disease Lead to Tooth Loss?

Dealing with periodontal disease, you need to know exactly what it is. Another name for periodontal disease is ‘periodontitis. The disease is related to your connective tissues that are holding your teeth in. Once the disease has been diagnosed, it is recommended that no time is wasted otherwise, it can lead to teeth loss and can also lead to other gum issues in the future.

Periodontitis takes place when there is excessive growth of bacteria in the gums and if left untreated, can get worse with time. At first, the teeth will start getting lose and then as time goes by, there will be no teeth left. Periodontitis is a common gum disease all over the world, but in the United States, it is very common among people over the age of thirty.

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What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a disease of the mouth that causes inflammation and destruction of the supporting tissues of the teeth. Teeth lose the tissues that support them, like the gums and bones of the jaws. Tooth pain or increased sensitivity to the gums accompany the loosening of the teeth, which they no longer have their support tissues. Periodontitis occurs in three stages, mild, moderate, and advanced.

The first stage of the development of periodontitis is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums. They are red, sensitive, and often swollen. Gingivitis is easily detectable: inflamed gums bleed when brushing teeth or flossing. Does that remind you of something?

The other two stages of periodontitis include inflammation of the bone and irreversible destruction of the gingival and bone tissues, respectively.

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What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease?

If you have ever had gingivitis, then there is a strong chance that you are going to have Periodontitis at some point. As most people already know, gingivitis is a gum disease that can cause inflammatory gums.

Another reason why people have Periodontitis is because of smoking, and it can also be inherited. Gum diseases can also take place if an individual has diabetes and if left untreated.

The most common symptom for Periodontitis is hard deposits formed on the gums that are also called bacterial plaques. This takes place due to the influence of microorganisms which slowly build themselves.

While these plaques are considered as the common symptoms, there are many others that can indicate you have Periodontitis. For example, halitosis, bleeding gums, swelling and redness. You can notice these symptoms around the teeth area where the bone shrinking has started to take place.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Precaution is better than cure and those are the words to live by, especially when you want to take care of your teeth. Having a great and disease-free smile can make all the difference in the world, but you need to have some prevention tactics against Periodontitis to make this happen.

When dealing with such mouth diseases, it is recommended that you make suitable prevention tactics before the situation gets any worse. Brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash are some of the few home remedies that will not cost you much.


Another recommendation is to visit a dentist or a dental surgeon regularly. Visiting an experienced surgeon and dental expert can ensure healthy teeth for you. Make sure you also have a good paediatric dentist so that your kids at home can have healthy teeth and avoid any future damages and deformation in their teeth.

Contact Total Implants & Periodontics in Fort Mill, SC

Dr. Samir Patel & his friendly team at Total Implants & Periodontics are trained, skilled, and eager to assist patients with gum disease treatments in Fort Mill, SC. If you would like a consultation or are ready for an appointment, please contact our office today! We look forward to helping you improve your oral health. 

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