When you are short on gum tissue, your teeth are bound to suffer. First of all, it badly distorts your natural smile. But more importantly, it exposes your tooth roots to bacterial attacks that can end in root canals or even total tooth loss.
Gum disease is extremely common among US adults, and yet, many don't understand the true facts about it. For example, left untreated, bacteria from periodontal infections can spread and raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease, Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, birth defects, and certain forms of cancer.
If you have gum disease or think you do, in any stage, you should not hesitate to see your periodontist for a "gum check up" and immediately begin, if necessary, the most appropriate form of periodontal treatment.
"Gum disease" is a scary phrase to hear, whether it be as part of a dental diagnosis or as a warning from your periodontist of what could happen if you fail to keep up good dental hygiene going forward.
Some form of periodontal disease will afflict a majority of Americans at some point in their life, though far fewer come down with the most advanced forms of gum disease (called periodontitis).