Have you been told that you have gum disease? If so, and if it is still in its early stages, you should know that it is highly treatable without drastic intervention, at least until it reaches more advanced stages. Here is how gum disease progresses.
Early Gum Disease
At its initial stage, gum disease is marked by gum tissue that appears swollen and red. It may bleed easily when you brush or floss. Typically, there is no pain involved at this stage. If your gum disease is in the initial stages, you can reverse it simply by implementing a faithful brushing and flossing routine.
As gum disease progresses, it eventually becomes periodontitis. At this stage, the gum tissue will pull back from the teeth. This will cause pockets to form around the teeth; in these pockets bacteria will collect, causing even more harm. At this stage, treatment is still highly successful, but you will require professional help.
If left untreated long enough, the periodontitis will become advanced. At this stage the teeth may wiggle or even fall out altogether. The jawbone will suffer deterioration, and frequently your only option will be to have your teeth removed altogether and consider replacements such as dentures or dental implants.
Avoiding Gum Disease
Of course, the best way to treat gum disease is to be sure that you never develop it in the first place. For this reason, be sure that you brush at least twice a day, and floss every day. Combine these habits with regular cleanings every six months, and you will be well on your way to making sure that gum disease is not a problem you must deal with.
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