why you need to treat gum disease now

February was National Children’s Dental Health Month in accordance with the American Dental Association. If you forgot to schedule a check-up, then do not worry. It is always a good time to see Dr. Robert B. Steadman to make sure you do not have gum disease. In the event our dentist does discover the signs of gingivitis, then it is paramount you treat it immediately.

Symptoms Will Worsen!

 Many people are unaware they have gingivitis because they are asymptomatic at first. However, over time, those symptoms will appear, and they will only get worse as time goes on. Without proper treatment, you can expect the following to occur in as little as one year.

  • Change in the way teeth fit together when you bite down
  • Sores forming around your mouth
  • Teeth feeling loose
  • Bleeding occurs when eating hard foods, flossing or brushing
  • Gums appearing red, tender or swollen
  • Pain around the mouth
  • Constant bad breath
  • Pus forming between your teeth and gums
  • Gums starting to pull away from your teeth

People who choose to do nothing about gum disease for an extended period of time can expect some or all of their teeth to fall out. While gingivitis is easily manageable, some people will develop aggressive periodontal disease. These diseases are characterized by the complete destruction of teeth and the jawbone.

Other Bodily Problems Can Develop

 Research suggests there may be a link between periodontal disease and other medical conditions. Men with periodontal disease are 49 percent more likely to get kidney cancer, and they are 54 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer. Studies also suggest a link between poor oral health and an increased risk of developing cardiovascular problems

Our Dentist Can Help

 Our dentist in Richmond, VA has the training to help anyone suffering from gum disease. If you have concerns about your dental health, then do not hesitate to contact us.