The Danger of Gum Disease

The Danger of Gum Disease

Posted by G. LARRY LEONAKIS on Feb 23 2022, 05:30 AM

Gum illness starts with the growth of bacteria present in the mouth. If it is not properly treated, it leads to tooth loss due to the collapse of tissue that surrounds the teeth. It can also affect the bone structure that supports your teeth.

What Are the Causes of Gum Disease?

  • The gums become more sensitive due to hormonal changes which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop. 
  • Illnesses such as cancer or HIV affect the condition of your gums. Patients prone to diabetes are at an increased chance of developing gum disease.
  • Smoking and the use of narcotic products make it difficult for the gum tissues to repair themselves.
  • Poor oral habits such as not brushing and flossing at least twice a day paves way for infections. 

What Are the Health Risks of Gum Disease?

In the initial stages of gum disease, plaque hardens and turns into tartar. During this stage, the patients would experience bleeding while brushing and flossing. It also leads to bright red, inflamed, or swollen gums. 

Tartar Formation

The gums pull away from the teeth when tartar advances. It forms periodontal pockets which shelter more bacteria. These pockets permit the growth of bacteria in an area that cannot be reached with brushing or flossing. The situation of the gums and the underlying bone will quickly worsen. 


Periodontitis results in receding gums, bone damage, and tooth loss. 

Gum disease causes tooth loss when it is not treated quickly. The bacteria in the mouth multiply and eliminate good tissue. It also causes the bone to deteriorate wholly.


Some people are more sensitive to gum diseases. In such people, their body overreacts to the bacteria around the gums. This results in too much inflammation. In some other people, the inflammation doesn't clear up properly. 

This affects the bloodstream and slowly damages the blood vessels in the heart and brain for a longer period. Gum disease makes eating and speaking harder. 

There is also a connection between serious gum disease and physical health situations. Gum disease results in various health problems such as heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, and many more. It is also linked with problems in pregnancy and dementia. 

Allowing a small element of your health to be compromised has a serious effect on the whole body.

G. Larry Leonakis DDS ensures effective treatment for the prevention of gum diseases. Visit us at 371 S Roop St, Carson City, NV 89701, contact us at (775) 882-0635 or visit our website for further information.

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