One of the worst effects of gum disease is tooth loss. This is what happens if you ignore all the symptoms over time and allow the condition to worsen and deteriorate. If you seek treatment early on, the gum disease can be corrected reasonably easily and painlessly. If, however, you allow the condition to progress to an advanced stage before you seek treatment, then the effects are far more severe and the procedures to correct the condition are more invasive.
While tooth loss and gum infection are the more dire symptoms associated with gum disease, there are milder symptoms to be on the look out for. These include bad breath, receding gums and bleeding or swollen gums.
There are certain things that can affect the rate at which the condition progresses. If you know a little about these factors, then you will be more successful at treating the condition.
One of these factors is smoking. Smoking is one of the main causes of gum disease and if you smoke, you have many times the chance of a non-smoker of developing the condition. Smoking is detrimental to gum health for two main reasons – first, it restricts the flow of oxygen to the gums and second, it causes tar to build up on the teeth, which also leads to more bacteria and tartar, which are the chief causes of gum disease.
Your diet can also play a large part in whether or not you develop gum disease. Eating lots of sugary or starchy foods can cause plaque and tartar to build up due to a high amount of bacteria production in the mouth.
Women may also be more likely to develop gum disease due to hormonal fluctuations. This means that it is important for all women to be especially vigilant with their oral health at home. Making sure you are brushing, flossing and using a mouth rinse regularly can protect your teeth and gums.
A weakened immune system caused by stress, poor diet and lack of exercise and sleep can also contribute to gum disease. This along with all the other health conditions that can arise when you do not make your health a priority should be reason enough to look after your dental health and make sensible lifestyle choices