Dentists call it Periodontal Disease. Often it is painless until the damage to the supporting structures of your teeth is far and wide. Consider the bone destruction with gum disease similar to a process of removing a couple of wheelbarrows full of dirt a day from around a telephone pole. Over time what would happen to the telephone pole? It would become lose, start tilting, and eventually would fall over.
This is how periodontal disease affects your teeth with the one big difference being that the damage is openly visible with the telephone pole. With periodontal disease, the gums cover and hide the destruction taking place. And initially the gums do not recede or shrink, but with all the inflammation they instead swell as tiny blood vessels move in to fight the infection, with easy bleeding being an often overlooked or rationalized symptom. If people’s gums were transparent and those with periodontal disease could witness the onslaught of bone destruction around their teeth, there would be daily lines at the dentist’s door.
If it has been more than a year since you last saw your dentist or hygienist, please call us for a thorough evaluation to help ensure you keep your smile and your overall health protected from this hidden threat.
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