Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss? Unless an expert in periodontal care in Medford diagnoses and treats the condition in the first stage, tooth loss won’t be prevented. If you want to steer clear of this dental issue, you should practice proper oral hygiene and schedule dental cleanings and check-ups every six months.
Also known as early-stage gum disease, gingivitis is the result of plaque buildup around the teeth. At this point, the gums may start to bleed more frequently or discharge a milky white substance called exudate.
However, of all gum disease stages, gingivitis is the only one that’s reversible because the infection hasn’t attacked the bones yet. To treat and reverse this condition, your dentist has to thoroughly clean your teeth to get rid of plaque. You’ll also have to step up your oral hygiene routine to prevent its recurrence.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to slight periodontal disease. Although the infection is still manageable at this stage, it can’t be reversed. As aggressive bacteria attack the jawbone, the gums start to recede or pull away from the teeth, creating tiny pockets between each tooth.
To get rid of tartar and the deposits of harmful bacteria that thrive in the gum pockets, your dentist deep cleans your teeth and gums through scaling and root planing.
At this point, more tissues die and the teeth begin to lose support and become wobbly. As bacteria aggressively attack the bones and enter the bloodstream, a whole-body inflammatory response may also take place. To thoroughly clean the area, your dentist will use scaling and root planing.
At this stage, the gums are visibly shrunken and large portions of the teeth are exposed accompanied by extreme pain and severe bad breath. While your dentist may have to perform invasive dental surgery or laser therapy to eliminate traces of the disease, they won’t be able to fix the damage it caused.
If you suspect you have gum disease, the team of specialists at Northwoods Dentistry is here to provide you with the best care possible. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
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