Periodontal disease is also called 06807 gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress enough to affect the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth. There are different stages of gum disease. From least severe to the most severe, they are: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. It is very important to see an experienced periodontist like ours at the first sign of gum disease.
Untreated 06807 gum disease will progress and lead to more advanced periodontal disease This will eventually result in tooth loss. Because of this, it’s important to see the periodontist as soon as you can. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and is the earliest stage of progressive periodontal disease. Symptoms can include some or all of the following: red gums, tender gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, continuous bad breath, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth and teeth that look longer. Gum disease is caused by plaque, which is a sticky bacteria-filled substance on the teeth. Every day teeth-brushing and flossing eliminates plaque; but only temporarily. Within twenty-four hours (only one day) of brushing one’s teeth, plaque redevelops within. It’s very important to brush your teeth two times per day and to floss at least once a day to avoid the resurfacing of plaque. If plaque isn’t eliminated within a period of three days, tartar will begin to develop. Tartar makes it very difficult to brush away the plaque and tartar cannot be removed by regular brushing. The only way tartar can be effectively eliminated is with a special tool used by the hygienist during a professional cleaning. Because of this, the best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene consistently, and to get a professional cleaning and a dental check-up two times per year. If periodontal disease does develop, there are some treatment options available. They include: professional cleanings, scaling and root planing, gum therapy and bone surgery.
If you have signs of 06807 gum disease, don’t wait. Call our office right now to schedule an appointment with our gum disease specialist.
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