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?
The first stage of gum disease, which is frequently referred to as gingivitis, is an inflammation of the gums. However, gingivitis typically isn’t very serious—especially if it’s caught and treated quickly. However, if you don’t address gingivitis, it could become more serious. If it is more serious, your gum disease may be more difficult to reverse. You see, you can typically reverse gingivitis with sound at-home oral care. However, once gum disease gets more severe, you may need medication or a deeper cleaning.
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. Similarly, 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 Crozet Dentist at 434-218-7072. Dr. Dr. Jennifer Rice and Dr. James Rice 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.