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Unveiling the Dangers of Gum Disease

by Dr. Nicos Onisiforou – Periodontist, Prosthodontist

Unveiling the Dangers of Gum Disease

Gum disease is often referred to as the silent disease because the symptoms are not evident or felt until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. The consequences of neglecting these subtle signs can be severe, both in terms of pain and economic impact. In the United States alone, the economic toll of gum disease stands at a staggering $154 billion, underlining the importance of recognizing and addressing this silent menace.

Symptoms that Shouldn't be Ignored:

  • Bleeding Gums: If you notice bleeding while brushing or flossing, it’s a warning sign.
  • Red, Swollen, or Painful Gums: Healthy gums should not be painful or exhibit inflammation.
  • Bad Breath, Pus, or Unpleasant Taste: These indicators may suggest an underlying issue.
  • Receding Gums: Gums pulling away from teeth, making them appear longer, is a clear sign.
  • Mouth Sores: Unexplained sores in the mouth can be linked to gum problems.
  • Loose Teeth and Changes in Position: This could signify advanced stages of the disease.

Understanding the Gum Disease Spectrum:

1. Gingivitis:

  • Gingivitis marks the early, reversible stage of periodontal diseases.
  • Gums may be slightly red, swollen, and prone to bleeding.
  • Professional intervention and consistent oral hygiene can reverse gingivitis.

2. Periodontitis:

  • Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis.
  • Plaque and tartar accumulate on teeth and under gums, releasing toxins.
  • Toxins damage gums and supporting bone, leading to sensitivity, loose teeth, infections, and potential tooth loss.
Understanding the stages of gum disease is crucial for early intervention and prevention of irreversible damage. Gingivitis can be managed with professional care and diligent oral hygiene. However, allowing it to progress to periodontitis increases the risk of tooth loss and severe complications.

Regular dental check-ups, along with a commitment to thorough oral care at home, are vital components of preventing and addressing gum disease. Don’t let the silence of this disease deceive you; pay attention to the warning signs and prioritize your oral health.

If you observe any indications of gum disease, Dr. Nicos Onisiforou, our experienced periodontist, is here to provide the expert care and guidance you need. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a comprehensive assessment and personalized treatment to safeguard your oral health.

Contact our clinic “Art of Advanced Dentistry” for a consultation today at +357 25 586250 or fill the form on our contact page.