Periodontal Disease: How It Can Affect Your Life

  • Posted by Kent Davis
  • at Thursday, October 30, 2014 -
While the health of your teeth affects your overall health, the health of your gums affect the health of your teeth. In other words, when setting up an oral health regimen, you have to consider both teeth and gums, as they work closely together in aiding your digestion and nutrition. In fact, between them, the gums are more vulnerable to diseases and therefore requires more attention.

If you don’t brush and floss regularly, chances are that plaque will build up on your teeth’s surface fast, particularly on the area close to the crown’s neck. Plaque is a sticky colorless film of bacteria and sugar, which causes cavity. If the bacteria in plaque can bore a hole through the tooth enamel, the hardest tissue in the body, it’s very likely to infect the gums in a more severe way.

Infection will trigger inflammation of the gums. When the gum is swollen, it becomes reddish and soft that little pressure can cause it to bruise and bleed. Otherwise known as gingivitis, this condition is reversible through constant brushing and flossing, or if you successfully eliminated the plaques on your teeth.

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into a periodontal disease. This is characterized by gum pulling away from the teeth or recession. When gum recession occurs, the teeth slowly lose its support structure until they are weak enough to not be able to handle even the simple process of eating, which eventually affects a person’s health in the long run.