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Can Gum Disease Kill You?

Apr 15, 2024Oral health, Periodontics

Can Gum Disease Kill You?

There is a small possibility that the bacteria in your gums could enter your bloodstream and become trapped in an organ, potentially leading to instant death. However, the probability of this happening is very small, considering the lack of substantial evidence indicating the occurrence of such incidents.

Although not directly life-threatening, gum disease can potentially contribute to a shortened lifespan. Severe gum disease can significantly impact quality of life due to frequent tooth loss. The lack of teeth makes it difficult to eat properly, leading to a decrease in the consumption of important nutrients. Being highly vulnerable to health issues can hinder your ability to recover optimally and if you’re already facing health problems, it can indirectly lead to serious consequences.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease

What are the signs of gum disease? Let me provide you with some information about the signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.

  • Gum disease begins with gingivitis, which involves inflammation of the gum tissue, indicating its initial stage.
  • Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth, known as the periodontium. One of the main consequences of this inflammation is the depletion of alveolar bone, which indicates the progression into the advanced stage of this condition.

Red swollen gums

Your gums may have a vivid red color and may be swollen or puffy. They are not in good health, as healthy gums usually appear pink and have a tight, firm texture. The swelling is caused by the presence of bacteria, which causes inflammation.

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums can be an indication of poor oral health, and gentle touching or flossing should not cause them to bleed. Therefore, if your gums bleed easily during these activities, it indicates inflammation. This indicates that you may be experiencing gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. In addition, you may sometimes notice a metallic taste that lingers in your mouth.

It is unclear whether it is advisable to kiss someone with bleeding gums if your gums look like they do in the picture, so it is recommended to have them examined before taking any risks.

Receding gums

Gums reaching an advanced stage may result in the shrinkage or recession of gums. As a result, the surface of your teeth’s roots becomes visible. Areas experiencing recession tend to be more sensitive to temperature changes, especially cold temperatures. Unfortunately, natural gum regeneration is not possible. If you choose, you can consider the option of having a gum graft procedure performed by a periodontist or gum specialist.

The white enamel of the tooth contrasts with the yellowish appearance of the tooth structure closer to the gum line. The root, a specific surface, is extremely sensitive and should ideally be kept hidden rather than being exposed.

Loose teeth

Loose teeth can be a common outcome of advanced periodontal disease, also known as end stage periodontitis. This condition causes inflammation in the bone surrounding the teeth, which can eventually result in bone loss. When a significant amount of bone is lost, the teeth will gradually become less stable. Unfortunately, once this happens, there are no effective ways to restore their stability.

This panoramic x-ray displays the presence of periodontitis, where certain teeth are no longer securely attached to the surrounding bone. These teeth appear to lack proper anchorage within the oral cavity. If this does not represent looseness, it is unclear what does. Now, let see what teeth look like when they are healthy and firmly embedded in the bone.

Bad breath

Your breath may start to have an unpleasant odor. Despite efforts to maintain good oral hygiene, desired results may be difficult to achieve. This phenomenon is due to the presence of tartar that protects the bacteria on your teeth. Removing these nuisances yourself is not possible; it is vital that you seek help from a dental professional. If you are in this situation, it may be necessary to have dental cleaning appointments more frequently than the recommended 6-month intervals.

Pain or sensitivity

It is common to experience occasional discomfort and heightened sensitivity in your teeth. This sensitivity is often associated with the condition of receding gums, which can cause discomfort. Furthermore, loose teeth can also be a factor in causing sensitivity. When your teeth feel unstable and wobble with every bite, it is normal for them to be painful and sensitive.

Is Gum Disease Contagious?

The transmission of bacteria is key to understanding the contagious nature of gum disease, and this is a commonly observed phenomenon. While gum disease itself does not spread directly from person to person, the bacteria responsible for its advancement can be easily passed on. Engaging in activities such as kissing, sharing utensils, or using the same oral hygiene products can easily spread these microorganisms.

It is important to be aware of potential modes of transmission, especially when someone in your immediate network is dealing with gum disease. Understanding how bacteria spread provides individuals the knowledge to take preventive measures to protect their oral health.

Preventing gum disease requires maintaining good oral hygiene. It is recommended to avoid sharing toothbrushes, floss, or any dental implements with others. If you or someone you know has symptoms of gum disease, it is recommended to be cautious when participating in activities that involve intimate contact with saliva.

Prevent Gum Disease With Your Dentist

Regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist allow for continued examination of your gums, identifying any signs of gum disease and preventing it from progressing into a severe infection if not treated. It is important to pay attention to ongoing signs of gum inflammation, such as persistent redness, bleeding, and the gradual recession of gums.

To maintain your dental health and overall well-being, your dentist may recommend a series of periodontal therapy visits or deep cleanings. These specialized treatments aim to remove harmful bacteria in order to protect both your dental health and overall well-being. It is important to consider that regular preventive cleanings may not fully address these problematic areas, emphasizing the importance of treating gum disease. Adopting good oral hygiene practices and maintaining regular professional dental cleanings are important in preventing gum disease.

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