Imagine a telephone pole. If we remove a couple wheelbarrows full of dirt per day from the base of the pole, what will happen to it? The telephone pole will lose stability and eventually fall over!
Gum disease affects your teeth in a similar way. Severe cases can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out!
The main difference between the telephone pole example and gum disease? The damage to the telephone pole is openly visible. Your gums cover the damage disease is inflicting on your teeth. It can make your gums enlarge with inflammation and cover more of the damage. Unfortunately, you may not know you have it until it’s too late.
Imagine if your gums were transparent and you could actually see the bone loss disease causes. I’m sure you would be convinced to seek treatment!