The 4 Stages of Gum Disease
Your gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth and it’s important to be aware of the signs of gum disease so you can act before the problems become irreversible.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that results in redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gum tissue. While fairly common, if left untreated, it can become a serious problem for your oral health. The use of a gum specific toothpaste, like parodontaxTM, can help reverse the effects of gingivitis.
When left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis attacks the gum tissue and bone that supports teeth. At this point, brushing alone will not treat the condition. While serious, if caught early on, the combination of dental treatment and better gum care at home can help prevent further damage.
As periodontitis progresses, deep pockets can form between the tooth and the gum. The bacteria that builds up in these pockets causes further destruction of the gum tissue and bone that are essential to healthy teeth.
When periodontitis isn’t stopped, it becomes advanced periodontitis, a very serious condition. It’s at this point that the soft tissue and bone that supports teeth has been damaged to the extent that teeth will loosen and may fall out.
Check Your Gum Health
Are you gums healthy? Take this quick self-assessment to find out.