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Understanding The Various Stages Of Gum Disease


Posted on 5/23/2022 by Classic Smiles
Understanding The Various Stages Of Gum DiseaseGum disease can be a severe issue, and it is essential to understand the different stages of development so that you can catch it early if you think you might be affected. Let us discuss three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Stage 1 Gingivitis


Gum disease is a type of syndrome that causes the gums to become red, swollen, and bleed easily. Gingivitis results when plaque accumulates on the teeth. Plaque is a slimy film of food debris, germs, and saliva that hardens into tartar if not completely removed. A professional cleaning can only remove tartar. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene. Furthermore, gingivitis does not always lead to periodontitis.

Stage 2 Periodontitis


Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease. In this stage, gums pull away from teeth and form deep pockets. These pockets fill with plaque and tartar, which leads to irritation and inflammation. As the disease progresses, bones and tissues that support teeth are destroyed. Teeth may become loose, fall out, or need to be removed by a dentist. Periodontitis is irreversible, but it can be controlled with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. 

Stage 3 Advanced Periodontitis


This is the most severe and critical state of gum disease. If left unchecked, gum disease can progress to a more severe form known as advanced periodontitis. This condition is characterized by inflamed gums that bleed easily and deep pockets of infection around the teeth. In addition, the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth can be damaged, leading to tooth loss. Advanced periodontitis requires more intensive treatment, and it may not be possible to reverse the damage that has been done.

These are the 3 stages of gum disease. Be sure to see our dentist regularly and practice good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease. If you think you are showing any signs, do not hesitate to seek professional help.
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