Chances are that you’ve heard of gum disease. In fact, there is also a good chance that gum disease has affected you or someone you know. Approximately 80% of adults in America have gum disease to some degree, from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. The infection begins with the excessive formation of plaque, which consists largely of oral bacteria. When these germs accumulate along your gum line, they release toxins that attack the connective tissues between your gums and your teeth. The resulting gum recession and subsequent inflammation can pave the way for the devastating destruction of gum disease. Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen, is familiar with the consequences of gum disease and explains the dangers it can pose to your dental and physical health.
The Foundation of Your Teeth
Tooth decay, which directly affects your tooth’s structure, is often believed to be the most common reason behind adult tooth loss. The truth, however, is that gum disease remains the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America. The trick gum disease’s success is its method of attack. While tooth decay erodes your tooth structure, gum disease targets the mechanisms that hold and support your teeth. Your gums act as a seal that cover and protect the roots of your teeth, which extend all the way into your jawbone. When your gums recede, they lose their tight grip on your teeth. If left untreated, the infection will continue to spread to your jawbone, effectively continuing its attack against the foundation of your teeth.
Protect Your Gums, Protect Your Health
Numerous studies have exhibited a link between gum disease and physical illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, dementia, and others. Diseased oral tissue can provide bacteria a convenient entry point into your bloodstream and allow them to wreak havoc with other areas of your body. To learn more about how your oral health can affect your physical health, contact your Austin dentist. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Wicklen by calling 512-448-3131. Located in the 78704 area, we proudly serve the cities of Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, and all surrounding communities.