Why Gum Disease Is More Than a Mouth Problem
It is estimated that millions of people may suffer from gum disease, but many never get treatment. Gum disease is a condition that slowly erodes the health of the gum tissues (gingiva), and eventually leads to the breakdown of soft and hard tissues in the mouth.
Gum disease starts when bacteria begins to build-up between the gums and the teeth they are supposed to protect. As the bacteria build, they destroy the gums. This increases the depth and width of the “pockets”, known as periodontal pockets, and fosters the growth of more bacteria. Without intervention, this cycle is never-ending, and tooth, gum and bone loss is inevitable.
Additionally, those with gingivitis in Santa Fe, NM, may discover that as their gum disease advances, so do other health problems. Heart disease, diabetes and stroke have all been linked to gum disease.