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Gum Infection

Gum infection, also known as periodontal disease, is no laughing matter. The results of progressive periodontal disease are not pretty-yellowed teeth, swollen and bleeding gums, and bone loss are all results of gum disease that go untreated. The ultimate, irreversible result of gum infection is the loss of natural teeth. While dental implants, dentures, and bridges can be used to hide the gaps left behind from missing teeth, it is essential to our general health and well-being that we keep our natural teeth as long as possible. Studies have shown that individuals live longer lives when they have all their natural teeth in their mouth.

Periodontal disease oftentimes starts out as something as simple as bleeding gums during brushing or stubborn bad breath. As it progresses, tartar and plaque stick to the teeth and start to cause decay. The gums may recede away from the teeth and create pockets where bacteria can continue to harbor and wreak havoc on your gums and teeth. Over time, the gums will pull away from your teeth, causing them to become loose and if not diagnosed and treated as soon as possible it can result in the loss of your natural teeth.

Having your natural teeth is important to your overall health and well-being. Studies show that our oral health is directly linked and succinct with our body's health. If you do not take care of your teeth, you are at a greater risk for a number of diseases and bodily concerns such as increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. This is because of your oral systemic health, and can be reversed by receiving deep cleanings, regular maintenance check-ups with your dentist, and by proper daily oral healthcare.

If you are concerned about the possibility of gum infection, call Richmond Smile Center today. Dr. Martin has over 30 years of experience in general and implantation dentistry, as well as years of lecturing and knowledge under his belt. No matter when you last saw a dentist, we will provide respectful, helpful care in assisting you in returning your smile back to its original beauty and keep it that way!
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