what you didn't know about gum diseaseThroughout your life, you consume unfathomable amounts of foods and drinks. Overtime, this can affect your dental health in multiple ways, for instance, a lifetime of biting and chewing puts pressure on your gums, increasing the risk of developing certain issues. This occurs when the tissue connecting your gums and teeth are weakened, progressing to gum recession. This can lead to the formation of crevices, clinically known as periodontal pockets, forming along the gum line and can potentially lead to gum disease if left untreated. While gum disease is not necessarily an imminent threat, you can shield your smile from dental complications by preventing them before they become an issue.

How It Begins

If you do not exercise proper dental care at home, like brushing and flossing your teeth daily, plaque then forms and clings to tooth enamel and your gum line. If bacteria are left untouched, they can destroy the gum line, leading to gum recession and the formation of periodontal pockets. When these pockets form, bacteria are then able to gather within the crevices and lead to further damage.

Advancement of Gum Disease

If gingivitis is detected and treated early, there is a higher chance of reversing it before it becomes a severe issue. While most prevention tactics can be accomplished through at home dental care, it is recommended that you also receive professional assistance. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to the destruction of your gums and jawbone, and in severe cases, can progress to tooth loss.

How It Affects Your Overall Health

When disease and bleeding occur, increased and consistent pressure placed on your teeth can release oral bacteria into the bloodstream. When this occurs, the germs affiliated with gum disease spread around your body and can incite inflammation. This has been known to cause a significant risk for heart disease and other systemic health issues.


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.