Gum disease affects a large majority of the American population and is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. If that weren’t bad enough, gum disease also significantly increases your risk of serious and potentially life-threatening health complications like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that develops when proper oral hygiene is not followed. Plaque hardens into tartar, which creates even more surface for bacteria to hold on to. Eventually the gums become irritated and start to recede, and deep pockets form allowing the infection to flourish. Left untreated, these bacteria, or pathogens, have a direct pathway through the gums, into the bloodstream, and into your main lifelines—your heart and brain.
If your gums are bleeding, we’re sorry to tell you, you have gum disease. It may only be in the mild gingivitis stage, but the good news is, gum disease is treatable and reversible! Depending on the severity of the infection, we may be able to treat it with some simple improvements to your oral hygiene routine and more regular visits with Dr. Bartz for deep cleanings, also called scaling and root planing.