Gingivitis. Gum disease. You’ve probably heard of these terms inside a dental office or in a TV commercial for dental products. There are two forms of gum disease, and the most common of all is gingivitis, followed by a more severe type called periodontitis.
Gingivitis can occur due to the plaque build-up on your teeth that has developed over time. Plaque is a sticky substance composed of bacteria and may turn into hard deposits called tartar if not eliminated properly. The bacteria release toxins that inflame the gums. All these factors can cause the gums to become infected, swollen and inflamed.
How Gingivitis Impacts your Health
Some people may think that gum problems can be ignored since most of the time pain cannot be felt when you have this condition. What most people do not know is periodontal bacteria can actually get into your blood stream and make its room to your major organs, which causes even more problem. Research shows that failure to treat gingivitis may lead to the following situations: