As you probably know, gum disease is something you should strive to avoid. You’ve probably known that, in order to keep your teeth healthy and strong, you should brush and floss regularly. Similarly, you probably know that you should visit a dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. However, do you know what you would do if you have gum disease? Also, what do you know about the stage of gum disease?
As you may know, the first stage of gum disease is more commonly known as gingivitis. You see, gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums, though the infections isn’t usually too serious. In fact, if you simply brush and floss your teeth, you could potentially reverse gingivitis at home. Still, if you don’t brush quickly enough, your gingivitis could become periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is harder to reverse, but a deep cleaning may be all you need.
Sadly, if this stage of gum disease isn’t addressed, you could have to deal with advanced periodontal disease, which is also known as periodontitis. This more serious form of gum disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and even oozing gums. During these times, chewing may become painful, meaning you may need to visit your dentist even more often.
In other words, catching gum disease early is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Also, please remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and remember to brush at least once a day. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash can also help.
If you are interested in learning more please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles by Design at 480-359-2227. Dr. Zana Alnaqib and our team will gladly help you fight against gum disease, regardless of which stage of gum disease you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.