Prevention is absolutely essential to avoiding periodontal (gum) disease. When plaque is allowed to accumulate on the teeth, it can create a fertile ground for harmful bacteria to grow. This bacteria releases toxins that cause the gum tissues to become inflamed. This is known as gingivitis. It has been estimated by the ADA that 75-80% of the adult population are or will be affected by gingivitis, the most common form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis and bone loss.
To avoid gum disease, remember to consistently attend your regular check-ups with the dentist. Using a periodontal probe, our dentist can help detect periodontal disease and provide any treatment necessary to get you back to health and off the path that leads to tooth loss and disfigurement.
Types of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gum tissue that bleeds easily when touched by a dental instrument, floss, or tooth brush. Initial, moderate, and advanced periodontal diseases are progressions of gingivitis and occur when the bone supporting the teeth has been destroyed. Even in the advanced stages of periodontal disease, there is hope for treatment. Contact our office soon to learn about your options for achieving a healthy smile.