More than three-quarters of the American population have gingivitis or some form of gum disease, but only some end up seeking the treatment they need to eradicate oral infections. Periodontal disease has been linked to several health problems and dental issues. The three stages of gum disease are:
Several studies suggest that gum disease may be linked to health issues, including:
Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential for preventing gingivitis that can lead to periodontal disease. If you want to maintain optimal oral health, you need to make sure you are doing whatever you can to prevent an infection in the mouth and ward off gum disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to several health problems but can often be prevented with regular dental cleanings, early detection, oral health exams, and a diligent home care routine.
The three main stages of gum disease are:
This is the reversible stage of gum disease. It occurs when plaque and bacteria build up around the gum line which causes inflammation of the gum tissue. If your gums always appear red or swollen, or your gums bleed when brushing and flossing, you may have gingivitis that is progressing to periodontitis. The condition can be treated with professional treatment and the effects can be reversed because the bone and fibers have not yet been affected in this stage.
If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will become periodontitis. At this stage, the supporting bones and fibers that hold your teeth in place have been irreversibly damaged. Your gums begin to form “pockets,” deep hollow areas around the teeth that trap food, plaque, and bacteria. Your gums will recede and form gaps between your teeth. Immediate treatment is necessary to prevent further damage and tooth loss.
At this stage, bacteria is growing and spreading fairly rapidly and the pockets that formed in Stage 2 are now deeper. Bacteria will continue destroying connective tissues and bone, which may result in loose teeth or even tooth loss. You must seek treatment immediately if you notice your teeth are shifting or becoming loose.
Gum disease, when left untreated, poses serious negative consequences on both oral and overall health. If you are noticing any of the warning signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, schedule a consultation with Dr.Naem in Pomona, NY today!