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 is left unchecked, 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.
The systemic inflammation that comes from this serious infection also taxes the immune system and can have an impact on other medical conditions.
It’s not uncommon for diabetics or other people with uncontrolled blood sugar, to also suffer from gum disease. Since blood sugar and system inflammation both tax the immune system it makes it significantly harder for the body to fight infection.
Several research studies have also observed that gum disease and system inflammation associated with it are more prevalent in people who are dealing with heart disease or recovering from a stroke. It is speculated that this could also be related to unhealthy lifestyle practices such as tobacco or alcohol abuse.
If you are concerned that you might have developed gum disease, please feel free to call us at 910-763-1072 to schedule an appointment and explore your treatment options.