Does Gum Disease Have Lasting Effects?

 In Dental Care

Gum disease is something to take very seriously because it could have lasting effects on your health. Here’s why.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of your tissues that hold your teeth in place. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately 64.7 million Americans suffer from periodontal disease. In the early stages, its called gingivitis, and as a result, the gums become red and swollen from inflammation. If not dealt with properly, it will continue to get worse. When it becomes the more serious form, the gums begin to pull away from the tooth and any supporting gum tissues are typically destroyed. In addition, teeth may loosen and even fall out. It’s extremely important to deal with gum disease at the first possible signs so it does not get to this stage.


It’s important to know the symptoms of gum disease so you can act quickly. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your dentist.

  • Lingering bad breath
  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Longer appearing teeth

Lasting Effects

If you do not deal with gum disease properly, you may experience long-lasting effects. In addition, gum disease can contribute or increase your risk of more serious health issues. The most common include Heart Disease, heart attacks, Diabetes, Dementia, Rheumatoid arthritis, and even premature births. Experts believe that bacteria found in your mouth can make their way into your bloodstream, therefore injuring major organs. It’s essential to take care of your oral health because as a result your physical health can be affected.

If you think you are suffering from gum disease, contact Wytheville Dental Group. At Wytheville, we offer a variety of treatments and services to meet our patients’ needs. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, please visit us online here. You can also reach us at (276) 228-2777 today!