When someone is diagnosed with periodontal disease or gum disease, it typically means that there is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue and the surrounding bone. If the bacterial infection is left untreated, it will begin to destroy the bone and surrounding gum tissue that supports your teeth. Over time, this will cause your teeth to loosen and could result in tooth loss.
Gum disease can be prevented by practicing quality oral hygiene at home, having your teeth cleaned regularly, and by eating a well-balanced diet. If periodontal disease goes untreated, it can be quite dangerous. Studies have shown that individuals suffering from periodontal disease have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer. That said, if you experience any discomfort or pain around your gums or teeth, you should schedule an appointment with either Dr. Ryan or Dr. Skinner immediately.