Neglecting our oral hygiene will impact our health sooner rather than later. Plaque — sticky bacteria that grows out of food leftovers — has a few consequences. Some might even require that we visit a dentist’s office or risk losing a tooth or two.
At OKC Endo Implant, we have made a list of the most common or dangerous gum disease complications.
What Happens if Gum Disease Goes Untreated?
Plaque starts to appear when people do not brush and floss their teeth after meals. Here are the effects of plaque on our dental health.
Gums get inflamed when plaque starts getting out of control. Inflammation is a sign that the person should seek medical attention, especially if the inflammation causes gums to bleed when the individual brushes their teeth.
Bad Breath and Food Tastes Bad
People with a plaque problem often experience a white tongue, which is a layer of bacteria. As a result, the person starts getting a bad taste in food and halitosis while talking.
Teeth start getting loose when plaque gets absolutely no treatment after a long time. The tooth will fall off in the near future without immediate attention, putting the person at a great health risk.
Missing teeth can lead to serious body issues. If you or someone you know has lost one or more teeth, we invite you to contact our OKC Endo Implant office. The person needs addressing to know if more teeth are in danger of falling and increasing the perils to the person’s health.
Some of the most serious complications from missing teeth include but are not limited to the following:
Gum disease and fallen teeth allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Consequently, arteries narrow their capacity which promotes clots that could lead to a heart attack.
Poor dental practices could lead to blood-related cancers including but not limited to leukemia, pancreatic cancer, and kidney cancer.
Excessive plaque bacteria in the gums and mouth can be inhaled into the bloodstream causing respiratory issues. Many scientific studies prove it. When a periodontist doesn’t timely treat gum disease, the person can develop pneumonia in the long term.
Periodontists at OKC Endo Implant can diminish or even fully prevent the appearance of pneumonia, COPD, and other respiratory problems.
We recommend you the following practices to keep good periodontal health at home:
- Brush your teeth after every meal, especially before bed
- Don’t smoke tobacco
- Visit your dentist regularly and look for any irritation or changes in your gums