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Risks Involved in Avoiding Periodontics Treatments

Posted on 2/6/2023 by Evan
Risks Involved in Avoiding Periodontics TreatmentsPeriodontal treatments are often performed to relieve patients struggling with gum disease symptoms, such as tooth mobility, bone loss, and tooth sensitivity. Most cases of gum disease can be successfully treated and controlled through a variety of periodontal treatments. Despite the value, periodontics can have on oral health, not every patient is a good candidate for some forms of periodontic treatment. In addition, avoiding these procedures can pose some great risks. Here are some common risks involved in avoiding periodontics treatments:

Premature Tooth Loss

Gum disease may cause tooth loss in adults and children. Gum disease can damage the periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone supporting your teeth if left untreated. Without these structures, your teeth become increasingly unstable and more likely to fall out or be removed by a dentist. Teeth affected by gum disease may also be more susceptible to decay and other dental issues.

Dry Mouth

The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can lead to dry mouth (xerostomia). This condition occurs when saliva flow is reduced, causing your mouth to become abnormally dry and making it difficult for you to eat or speak properly. A dry mouth can also increase your risk of cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay.

Gum Recession

Periodontal disease can contribute to gums receding from your teeth, making them more vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. This can also cause bad breath because food gets trapped under your gum line when it's recessed. And if you have a gap between your teeth and gums, food can get stuck there too.

Bacterial Infection

Bacteria can live in your mouth even if you brush your teeth twice daily and floss regularly. A bacterial infection can cause swelling in the soft tissues around your mouth and lead to tooth loss if left untreated for too long.

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