If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, you may think you can put off treatment a while longer. However, it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with so you can make the most informed decision regarding your oral health. While gum disease may seem like merely an embarrassment, it is a dangerous disease that can have potentially devastating consequences if left untreated. Here are three hidden dangers of failing to receive gum disease treatment.


  1.  Bone Loss


Gum disease is a common cause of bone loss in the jaw bone and teeth. The bacteria that infect the gums can spread to your bone and cause it to degrade. You could even experience tooth loss as a result of advanced gum disease. Over time, bone loss may become so severe that one or more bone grafts may be recommended to restore the shape and appearance of your face.


  1. Diabetes


If you have periodontal disease, you may be more likely to develop diabetes, and vice versa. Scientists don’t fully understand the link, but the fact remains that there is a connection between these two diseases. Most experts believe bacteria from the gums can leak into the bloodstream and gain access to other organs in the body.


  1. Heart Disease


Scientists have also found links between heart disease and periodontal disease. The connection could possibly be traced back to inflammation, which is a common denominator in most major diseases, including heart disease and periodontal disease.


The Importance of Treatment


Now that you know about three hidden dangers of living with gum disease, it’s time to consider your treatment options. Your dentist can help you decide what treatment is best for you. Drs. Jeffrey Alvarado and Gregorio Salinas offer comprehensive gum disease treatment, including periodontal maintenance, scaling and root planing, and osseous surgery to prepare you for dental implant placement as needed. To schedule your appointment at your convenience, call The Lakes Family Dental during business hours.