Posted On 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Also known as periodontal disease, it’s usually caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. Symptoms include:
In advanced stages, periodontal disease may also lead to permanent tooth loss.
Dentists and other health care professionals have several ways to diagnose gum disease:
Early stage gum disease can usually be reversed, but left untreated it can advance to more severe stages that are more difficult to treat.
Since we’re big believers that knowledge is power, here’s what you should know about the different levels of gum disease.
Without treatment, periodontitis damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. To treat your specific type of gum disease, your dentist might recommend:
Mild gum disease can typically be reversed with daily brushing and flossing supplemented with regular cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist. Other things you can do include:
If you’ve noticed a change in your gums, Kanehl Dental can recommend the proper treatment and maintenance that is best for your condition. Want to learn more about gum disease and what you can do about it? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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