Periodontal disease starts out as an easily reversible condition known as gingivitis. When your gum problems are limited to mild gingivitis, you can usually eliminate them on your own. Unfortunately, many people tend to let gingivitis get out of hand. The condition quickly becomes periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis or gum disease. Once gum disease is present, professional care is needed to eliminate it.
Why should you get your dentist involved in treating your gum disease? Because the areas of infection aren’t accessible with your toothbrush and floss. In fact, the deep gum pockets around your teeth may be deeper than 7mm! This type of attachment loss also means bone loss has occurred – which means your teeth will become mobile and even fall out.
Addressing gum disease when tissue first starts detaching is the best way to fight it – before you lose your teeth. Your dentist may recommend a series of deep dental cleanings to remove tartar and bacteria that are aggravating the situation. By thoroughly cleaning your toot surfaces, your gum tissues can reattach to your teeth, making home care more effective.
With regular maintenance it’s possible to eliminate gum disease and stop bone loss from taking place. How can you know if you have gum disease? Most people experience symptoms like bleeding gums, recession, sensitivity, bad breath, heavy tartar buildup, food packing between teeth, and of course – tooth mobility.
If you suspect that you may have gum disease, or have chronic gum bleeding that isn’t going away – call your dentist immediately. Don’t cover up the symptoms before it’s too late. Give your smile the care that it deserves.
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