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Why Gum Disease Forms and How to Intervene
Gum (periodontal) disease, is an infection of the gingiva (gums). Bacteria breed in the spaces between the teeth and gums, eventually causing these “pockets” to deepen. Toxins produced by the bacteria cause a reaction in the body that begins to break down the bone surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy healthy gum tissue and bone, and ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal treatment followed by ongoing care is the answer to gum disease, and that includes regular maintenance appointments with a dentist or periodontist such as Dr. Gordon Fraser at PURE PERIO. Each periodontal maintenance cleaning will help reduce the production of bacteria, and halt the destruction of the gums and bone that support the teeth.
Gum Disease Progresses Through Several Stages
As with most conditions, gum disease can be staged. The following stages are useful for understanding how far your gum disease has progressed:
- Stage One: Gingivitis – If gum disease is caught in this early stage, it can be reversed. Usually, the biggest signs of gingivitis are bleeding, swollen gums and possibly halitosis (bad breath).
- Stage Two: Early Periodontitis – The periodontal pockets are just beginning to deepen during early periodontitis. Bacteria are starting to destroy the structures that support the teeth, such as the bone, gums and periodontal ligament.
- Stage Three: Moderate Periodontitis – Bone is affected more severely and a fair amount of bone structure has been lost. The gums are usually inflamed and tender. Gum recession often becomes apparent.
- Stage Four: Advanced Periodontitis – This is the final stage of gum disease, and without intervention, teeth will likely be lost due to severe destruction of the bone. However, with the proper treatment, many people can salvage their natural teeth.
Knowing the Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Can Lead to Proper Treatment
Commonly Reported Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Some of the most frequently reported signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Red (not pink) gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Pus coming from around the tooth
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
Never ignore these indicators of gum disease. Call 800-670-0978 for more information on how to diagnose and treat gum disease based on signs and symptoms like bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity and halitosis in Atlanta, GA.
During my checkup, Dr. Fraser and his staff were personable and took the time to educate me on how to maintain my smile. The office has a “homey” feel, which helped me to feel at home, and it was obvious that they valued my business.