There are so many awful things that can go wrong with your gums if and when you do not take care of them. If your gums are causing your teeth to come loose, if your gums are bleeding, shifting, or swollen, and if your breath smells like a garbage disposal with rotten beef and soured milk in it, you must, at the very least, see a dentist. Better still, see a periodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in treating the gums. You may have gum and tooth root problems as the result of one or more of the following problems.
Sailors used to suffer tooth loss, bleeding and rotting gums, and pain because the diets on board ships did not meet all of the body's needs. This disease was called "scurvy." In present times, a poor diet that's extremely low in fresh produce can still result in scurvy, but plenty of vitamin C can cure it. If your dentist or periodontist determines that your gum disease is the result of a lack of vitamin C, you will be required to take a supplement or to consume an orange or glass of juice daily until the problem disappears.
Dead Tooth Root
Tooth roots can die for any number of reasons, but an untreated cavity or trauma to the tooth are the two most common reasons. When the tooth root dies, it begins to create a festering mess in your gums. The infection spreads and can cause an abscess to grow. At this point, the periodontist or dentist will perform a couple treatment services. The first service is to drain the pus from around the dead root. The second service is a root canal.
If your gums swell, turn red, and then suddenly start turning black, you might have oral cancer. If not treated immediately, the cancer can spread to your jaw, and then to your neck, head, and lymph nodes. Most people tend to ignore red, swollen gums, assuming that they have gingivitis. Doing so in this case may create a situation from which there is no turning back. If you see your dentist right when you notice that your gums are swollen and dark red, he/she may spot the cancer sooner. Then the periodontist can remove the cancer and help you get started on cancer treatments and therapy.
Eating disorders are especially horrible on teeth and gums. Anorexia starves the body of many needed vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Bulimia brings stomach acid up repeatedly through forced vomiting, rotting the teeth and gums even further every time. If caught soon enough, and if you begin treatment and stick with it, your dentist/periodontist can still fix the issues with your teeth and gums.
Poor Circulation/Heart Disease
Your teeth and gums are living tissues. They have blood vessels and nerves running all through them. When you have poor circulation as the result of genetics or health issues like diabetes, pregnancy, or kidney disease, your teeth and gums are not getting the oxygen, nutrients, and blood supply they need. As a result, they become infected more easily, swell, and bleed.
Additionally, heart disease has a similar effect. Because your blood vessels may be partially or almost completely blocked and your heart is straining to work, not enough blood gets to your head, face, jaw, teeth, etc.. You have to take better care of your teeth, take your medication, exercise, and see your dentist regularly when you have such serious health concerns.Then you can avoid major dental and oral problems.
If you have severe gum problems, contact a dentist to learn about gum surgery treatment services.