Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by the buildup of bacteria, often due to poor oral hygiene. There are two main stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease. It is usually characterized by red, swollen gums that are prone to bleeding when you brush your teeth. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and improved dental hygiene habits.
When left untreated, gingivitis can escalate to periodontitis. At this stage, the gum tissue begins to recede. Periodontitis is chronic, but with proper care, the gumline can be restored and the condition can be controlled.
Signs that you may suffer from gum disease include:
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Gum disease not only takes a toll on your smile, but also increases your risk of developing other serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke. If you are diabetic, you face a greater risk of developing gum disease, and you should speak to Dr. Mancino about creating an ongoing treatment plan that takes your condition into account. Pregnant women experience hormonal changes that increase the risk of gum disease, making regular dental care especially important during this time.
Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine can help prevent gum disease. Additionally, we highly recommend that patients attend checkups at least every six months to allow your dentist to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated. Depending on the state of your oral health, we may recommend more frequent visits.
Treatments for gum disease include:
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