In the early phases of gum disease, you may find that the gums bleed when you floss and brush. This happens particularly in the gingivitis phase of the gum disease. You may also experience redness and inflammation that cause the gums to feel tender. It is possible to reverse these initial symptoms of gum disease and restore the health of your gums. However, if you don't get gingivitis treated, it will only worsen, often becoming periodontitis, the advanced form.
How Gum Disease Impacts your Facial Shape
Periodontitis occurs when bacteria invade the teeth and bone. At this point, the gum disease creates deep pockets that trap food debris and plaque. As plaque and tartar form and spread underneath the gum line, they destroy your jawbone, causing the teeth to loosen. Soon or later, your teeth fall out. Although there are certain treatments available such as scaling and root planing or antibiotic therapy, this phase of gum disease is considered irreversible.
As periodontitis continues to break down the jawbone, it means that this bone holds less of its shape. In other words, it continues to shrink. If you look at someone without teeth, you will see that their lips draw inward, making them look much older than they truly are.
In the same way, the facial shape is drastically altered. Your tissues start sagging, and the chin shifts forward. Your nose may even appear larger due to the vertical line that starts appearing on the face. When you replace the missing teeth with implants, stimulation of the jawbone starts to occur and you begin to see a healthier, younger-looking appearance.
Taking proper care of the gums and teeth allows you to enjoy a youthful appearance for many years. If you have gum disease, visit our dental team for treatment. Regular dental visits for cleanings and checkups are paramount. Schedule a consultation with our periodontal team today to learn more about the impact of gum disease on your oral health and facial appearance.