Periodontal Health Effects

Studies have shown links between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease and other health conditions.

Research further suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender and possibly age.

The effects on your health caused by periodontal disease are not only serious but also quite preventable.

Some of the Periodontal Health Effects include:
– Bad breath
– Tender, swollen and bleeding gums
– Loose teeth
– Link to systemic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease
– Sensitive teeth
– Gum recession(teeth appear longer)

A word bank all related to gum disease
An illustration that shows gangivitis: left - a healthy gum, right - an inflamed gum


Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis develops as toxins, enzymes, and other plaque byproducts irritate the gums, making them tender, swollen and likely to bleed easily.

Gingivitis can be reversible with proper brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings.

If left untreated Gingivitis will progress to periodontal disease.


Periodontal disease is when the tooth’s bone tissue starts to deteriorate. Periodontitis occurs when plaque byproducts destroy the tissues that anchor your teeth in the bone which can be a leading cause of bone loss. The gums deteriorate and begin detaching themselves from the teeth forming gum pockets, which allows more plaque to collect below the gum line. This causes the roots of the teeth to become susceptible to decay. Sometimes the patient notices an increase in sensitivity to hot and cold and to touch.

An illustration that shows Periodontitis: left - a normal tooth, right - an inflamed gum, tooth with plaque and deepening pockets
An illustration that shows Advanced Periodontitis - with advanced bone loss and deep pocket

Advanced Periodontitis

With severe periodontitis, a radical amount of gum tissue and bone tissue is lost. Usually, teeth lose more support as the disease continues to destroy the periodontal ligament and bone. Teeth become loose and may even need to be extracted. This causes difficulties in normal everyday chewing and biting habits. If advanced periodontal disease is left untreated, patients run the risk of other serious health problems.


Suppress the urge to avoid cleaning teeth that are sensitive to cold! Teeth that have suffered damage from gum disease will always be more sensitive to cold. Avoiding them only makes it worse.

Some of the causes of tooth sensitivity are:

– Tooth decay
– Cracked tooth
– Worn filling
– Worn enamel from teeth grinding
– Exposed tooth root
– Acidic foods
– Gum disease

An illustration with a blue background with a man in pain holding his right cheeck and there's a bubble thought with a tooth in it

Contact Info

Smile Brite Dental
Naushil Desai, DMD

600 S. Euclid St,
Anaheim, CA 92802


Office Hours

Monday: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday: By Appointment