Gum disease is often the result of poor dental hygiene and some people are more at risk for developing gum disease than others. If you neglect your oral health, plaque and tartar can build up around the teeth, laying the groundwork for an infection in the mouth.
Many people tend to overlook symptoms of gum disease and do not seek treatment until the disease has progressed into its later stages.
There are three identifiable stages of gum disease:
- Gingivitis – Gingivitis causes inflammation of the gum tissue because plaque and bacteria build up around the gum line. Fortunately, this stage is able to be reversed.
- Periodontitis – Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated and pockets start to form around the teeth. At this stage, disease has caused irreversible damage to the bone and gums.
- Advanced Periodontitis – If gum disease is left untreated, it will progress to advanced periodontitis, where connective tissues are destroyed and the teeth become loose or falls out completely.
An advanced stage of gum disease exhibits inflamed gums pulling away from your bone and teeth. Other signs of gum disease include:
- Bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Loose teeth or teeth that have moved
- Sensitive teeth
- Pus coming from around the teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
Early treatment of gum disease is extremely important to your health. We offer several modern solutions for treatment in the early stages of gum disease. We can help restore your oral health with laser dentistry or advanced periodontal therapies.
Learn more about gum disease by scheduling your appointment today!