Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that affects over half of the adult population. In age groups over 65 years old this is more like 70%.
It starts with plaque, which is a bacterial sticky substance that forms on your teeth, Plaque is considered a biofilm, which is a bacterial slime that grows and grows over time. Like a monster in a horror movie happening in your mouth. If you’re finding this hard to picture think of the inside of the drainpipe in your sink when it is removed its all slimy inside. This is biofilm.
Biofilm is made up of bacteria and proteins that becomes a highly functioning self-organising colony. They extract iron from blood cells by bursting them open, which can lead to anaemia.
The bacteria are dependent on the pH of the area they live in and they like to hide in places where they will be undisturbed. The outermost layer is mix of aerobic bacteria (they need oxygen to survive) while deeper in its more anaerobic (do not need oxygen to survive). Anaerobic bacteria release what are called endotoxins and these are harmful to the rest of your body.
Biofilms have been suspected in chronic inflammatory response syndrome and is associated with multiple symptoms like weakness, pain, cough, shortness of breath, joint pain, appetite swings, night sweats, excessive thirst, temperature regulation problems, cognitive impairment, blurred vision and irritable bowel like symptoms.
So biofilms can be very serious if they are spreading around your system.
So one of the best ways to prevent periodontal disease is to eat nutritional foods and get plenty of vitamin C as well as brushing twice a day and flossing.
Untreated gingivitis will worsen to become periodontitis where bacteria continues to grown and destroy both the gums and supporting bone. Pockets can form where your teeth separate from your gums and bone. This is serious irreversible damage that will lead to tooth loss if untreated.
So you end up with bad breath, loose, wobbly teeth, infections, gum abscesses and no teeth. But worse still is the impact it’s having on you and your health.
If you have red, bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are receding, teeth that are drifting or bad breath – you have gum disease and need to see FINESSE DENTAL for treatment now – your life literally depends on it.
If you are worried you have periodontal disease give us a call on 88244800 and we will help you steer back on track with your oral health.
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