What happens if gum disease is not treated?
Unfortunately, gum disease often progresses painlessly so that you do not notice the damage it is doing. However, without treatment to remove the plaque, the bacteria remain active, causing sore and bleeding gums. Over time this can lead to gum abscesses and pus may ooze from around the teeth. Over a number of years, the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. If the disease is left untreated for a long time, treatment can become more difficult. Recent Research has also found associations between gum disease and conditions such as : heart disease, diabetes, dementia, rheumatoid athritis and premature birth
How do I know if I have gum disease?
The first sign is blood on the toothbrush or in the rinsing water when you clean your teeth. Your gums may also bleed when you are eating, leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Your breath may also become unpleasant.