3 Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common concern, with the CDC estimating half of the adult U.S. population has some form of it. September has been designated as National Gum Care Month in hopes of educating people about the dangers of the disease and its common symptoms. Dr. Lindsay Eastman is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease in Bradenton, FL, at any stage.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first and mildest stage of periodontal disease. Most patients will not feel too much discomfort during this stage. Typical symptoms include swollen, red and bleeding gums. However, many people do not experience any symptoms, which is why it is so important to see a periodontist regularly so that any signs can be detected as soon as they appear. Any damage caused during this stage is reversible.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is a more severe stage of gum disease where pockets begin to form between the teeth and gums. These pockets are ideal environments for plaque and bacteria to grow, irreversibly damaging the tissue and supporting bone. Symptoms often include bad breath (halitosis) and receding gums.

Advanced Periodontitis

In the final stage of gum disease, periodontitis has been allowed to advance. Here, bacteria further destroy the tissue and bone that support the teeth, causing tooth and bone loss. Treatment is imperative at this stage to prevent further loss.

Systemic Diseases Related to Periodontitis

Studies show gum disease is connected to various systemic conditions, like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some forms of cancer. It is believed that the bacteria in the gums is allowed to travel to other areas in the body, causing inflammation. This is why seeking early treatment can not only improve your smile, but your entire well-being.

Get the Care You Need for Gum Disease

Any changes in your gum tissue should be noted. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. Dr. Eastman is experienced in a variety of gum disease treatment options, including minimally-invasive laser treatment, and can discuss with you your options. Call us today!

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