Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gum tissue and bones that support the teeth. Left untreated, it can cause tooth and permanent bone loss. It is most often caused by poor oral hygiene—inadequate brushing and flossing. When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth, it hardens into tartar. The overgrowth of plaque and tartar irritates the gums, leading to a mild gum infection called gingivitis.
When gingivitis is ignored, the inflamed gums pull away from the tooth surface, creating pockets in which food can become trapped, encouraging more bacterial growth and irritation. The pockets, in turn, provide more spaces in which tartar and plaque accumulate. Without treatment, tooth and bone loss follows. The bacteria involved in periodontitis are also implicated in worsening heart disease, leading to a general worsening of health, not just a crisis of oral health.
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, women are more likely to develop red, irritated, or inflamed gums. It is important to maintain good oral health during pregnancy, especially since some studies have linked gum disease to low birth weight.
Gingivitis can respond to home treatment successfully. Once gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, however, professional help will be needed to completely clear the infection. Still, home care routines remain vital to the success of any treatment plan.
If left untreated, the periodontitis stages will continue to progress. The infection will worsen, leading to tooth loss. If the infection spreads into the bone, bone loss or worse can occur. Although it is uncommon, a dental infection can lead to sepsis if severe and left untreated.
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