If you would like to know more gum disease and what happens with it, we have some information that may help you. Gum disease has about two stages, namely gingivitis and periodontitis. We will describe some symptoms you might see with these two stages and what can be done to get them treated.
The first stage is gingivitis. With gingivitis, you may notice that your gums are turning red and swelling. The gums may also start to recede, or pull away, from your teeth a bit. A good way to check this is to see if your teeth look like they are getting longer. Persistent bad breath may also indicate gingivitis.
Gingivitis can be reversed more easily. Our dentist, Dr. Tim, can help you with this goal. You can get some instruction from him to help you know what to do, and he can get you started off right with a dental cleaning.
Gingivitis can become periodontitis if it is not treated in time. The gums may pull away from the teeth even more. This can help plaque to move in and build up in those newly formed pockets. The gums may weaken to the point that teeth may start to get loose. The jawbone can also be weakened by the infection.
If you wonder if you have periodontitis, do not worry. We offer a treatment that may help with periodontitis here at our office in OKC, Oklahoma. We can help you push back against it and get back your health. Please call 405-728-7632, and we will set things up for your visit.