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Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease ranges from simple gum inflammation (gingivitis) to severe infection (periodontitis). It is caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, leading to inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, the breakdown of gum tissue and bone that support your teeth.

Symptoms of Gum Disease Include:

    • Red, swollen, or tender gums
    • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
    • Receding gums
    • Persistent bad breath
    • Loose or shifting teeth

Why Choose Us for Gum Disease Treatment?

Our dental team is experienced in diagnosing and treating gum disease at every stage. We use the latest techniques and technology to provide effective, comfortable care, and we’re dedicated to educating our patients on how to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

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FAQs

Yes, gum disease is categorized into two main types: gingivitis, which is the early stage characterized by gum inflammation without affecting the bone; and periodontitis, a more severe form that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontitis can further be classified into various conditions based on its severity and the specific tissues affected.

The progression of gum disease varies depending on several factors, including the individual’s oral hygiene practices, genetics, lifestyle, and overall health. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis within a few months if not treated, emphasizing the importance of early detection and intervention.

Yes, research suggests a link between gum disease and other health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications. Treating gum disease can help improve your overall health.

Treatment varies depending on the stage of the disease, from professional cleanings and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to antibiotic therapy and, in advanced cases, surgical interventions like flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts.

Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is reversible with proper dental care and improved oral hygiene. However, more advanced stages require treatment to manage symptoms and prevent further damage.

Prevention includes regular dental check-ups, proper brushing and flossing techniques, avoiding tobacco, and maintaining a healthy diet. These practices help control plaque buildup and reduce your risk of gum disease.

Untreated gum disease can lead to severe infection, tooth loss, and bone destruction. It can also increase the risk of developing other health problems linked to periodontal disease.

It’s recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a check-up and professional cleaning. However, if you have a history of gum disease or are experiencing symptoms, more frequent visits may be necessary to maintain your oral health.

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