If you are curious about gum disease and what happens with it, we can answer some of your questions here. Gum disease typically happens in two stages, which are gingivitis and periodontitis. We will describe some of the symptoms of these two stages and what can be done about them.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. Some of the typical signs of gingivitis are red and swelling gums. The gums may also start to recede from your teeth a bit, which can make the teeth look like they are getting longer. On top of that, you may notice bad breath that lingers no matter what you do.
The beauty of gingivitis is that it can be reversed. You can visit with our dentists, Drs. Hockel and Jardine, so they can examine your mouth for these signs. If you do have gingivitis, they can give you instructions on how to treat the condition, and our friendly and professional hygienists, Kelsey and Nicole, can perform a dental cleaning to help you get started.
However, if gingivitis is not treated, then it can advance into periodontitis. The gums may recede from the teeth even more, which allows plaque to swoop in and build up in those expanding pockets. With the support from the gums starting to wane, the teeth may start to loosen. Your jawbone can also weaken due to the infection. The disease can lead to bone and tooth loss if it is permitted to progress even further.
Fortunately, we offer a variety of treatments for gum disease, from its early stages to its more advanced ones, here at our office in Walnut Creek, California. We can help you bring any gum disease under control and limit the damage it can cause. The key to avoiding the problems caused by gum disease is for you to keep current with regular dental cleanings and exams. Feel free to call 925-478-7776 to schedule your visit with us today.