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Gum disease is a serious, dangerous, and painful health condition that many people take lightly. This disease comes in different stages, and those stages include gingivitis and periodontitis. However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis cases advance to periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the first stage of the disease, which develops when the plaque builds up on the surfaces of your teeth and begins to irritate and inflame the gums. The gums then begin to bleed every time you brush your teeth or eat food. You may also notice receding gums and bad breath. You can treat this condition by visiting your dentist and getting a deep dental cleaning. However, if you do not treat this condition, it can advance into periodontitis, which is a condition that is a lot more complicated.

Periodontitis occurs when the plaque continues to grow and turns into tartar. Then, the toxins from the tartar spread underneath the gum line and into the bone sockets. The toxins then begin to deteriorate the bone and connective tissue. Eventually, the teeth will become loose and will fall out over time. The best ways to treat this stage are several deep cleaning treatments, medication, and surgery.

So, to prevent this horrible disease, please remember to keep up with your six month checkups. These checkups will help you eliminate your teeth from plaque and save your smile from gum disease. Call our office today to schedule your appointment and take your first step toward a better mouth!