Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by bacterial growth in your mouth that leads to the damage of the tissue surrounding your teeth. Left unchecked, gum disease eventually causes irreparable damage and tooth loss.
Gum disease most often starts with gingivitis, which is an inflammation in your gums caused by bacteria in plaque buildup. At this stage, your teeth are generally still firmly rooted. If, however, your gingivitis isn’t treated, you are at risk of developing periodontitis. Once periodontitis sets in, there is a cascading effect, which is characterized by the following:
Dental intervention at any stage along this progression makes all the difference when it comes to arresting and reversing gum disease.
The most common symptoms of gum disease include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Soft Touch Dentistry to get checked out.
Gum disease can be caused by a number of factors, including:
The treatment for gum disease depends on how far the disease has progressed. For example, if you have the beginnings of gingivitis, you can reverse the progression with a few simple steps, such as a good cleaning and proper care. If the gum disease has advanced, however, more serious intervention is required and may include:
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to save your teeth and the sooner you treat gum disease, the better able you’ll be to reach that goal. To get started, contact Soft Touch Dentistry today.
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