The Onset and Progression of Gum Disease

If you were to judge the severity of gum disease by the way that it begins, then you probably wouldn’t be very alarmed. You probably wouldn’t realize that, what starts off as a barely noticeable accumulation of plaque or occasional bleeding gums can progress into a full blown infection below the surface without much a warning. Unfortunately, this disease can evolve relatively silently, offering few clues other than a little redness, tenderness, and bad breath, until it’s almost too late!

It is this tricky behavior that leaves millions of adults and teens astounded when they are informed by their periodontist that their gums are unhealthy. In fact, you may feel that your toothbrush or toothpaste have let you down, when the truth is that the bacteria in your mouth have led to an infection that is beyond the reach of your very best brushing and flossing. 

The onset or beginning of gum disease is marked by a natural inflammatory response within the body.

The onset or beginning of gum disease is marked by a natural inflammatory response within the body. The swelling, redness, tenderness, and bleeding are signals that the bacterial plaque accumulation has begun to irritate the tissues in one area of the mouth (typically around the gumline) or throughout the entire mouth.

The disease is unpredictable, however, and the early stage can continue for several months or years before causing further damage. This type of chronic irritation and infection can be a burden to the rest of the body, and can eventually begin to threaten your health. In the immediate area of the inflammation, the gums will begin to separate from the teeth and the jawbone deteriorates. The damage continues throughout the body, and studies have indicated that the inflammation can complicate your cardiovascular health, pregnancies, and even your diabetes.

So, how can you ward off a disease that doesn’t hurt and isn’t always accompanied by obvious warning signs? Start by calling our experienced periodontal team today to arrange a comprehensive examination. You can find out if you have gum disease and learn more about the available treatment options.