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Gum disease is much more serious than many people think. While the obvious problems related to gum disease include loose teeth, receding gums, and lost mass in your jawbone, gum disease can have other complications.

If your gum disease is not treated, the bacteria from your infected gums can enter your bloodstream, placing you at risk for hardened arteries, which can increase your chances of a stroke or a heart attack. The infection can also cause the lining of your heart to become inflamed. Over time, you may inhale enough bacteria that it could infect your respiratory system, which can lead to pneumonia. Bacteria from gum disease could make it’s way into your nervous system, which could cause dementia. If you suffer from diabetes, gum disease can make it more difficult to control your blood sugar

If you have been experiencing loose teeth, chronic bad breath, bleeding, swollen, or tender gums; or gums that have become red, you should speak with your periodontist about addressing the problem. The doctor may prescribe medication or a surgical procedure; or it may just be a matter of improving your brushing and flossing routine.

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning is another way to combat gum disease in it’s earliest stages. This involves the dentist using an instrument to remove the plaque and tartar from your tooth above and below the gumline, and then cleaning and smoothing the roots of your tooth.

If you are concerned about gum disease, our periodontist, Dr. Norman B. Fine will be happy to see you for an exam and consultation. To make an appointment at Fine Periodontics in Greenville, South Carolina, call 864-299-5900 today.