Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. This disease is more common than many people realize, with 75 percent of all American’s suffering from some severity of the disease at some stage of their life. When caught early, gum disease can be reversed, but if left unchecked, patients can eventually begin to lose teeth and experience other oral and systemic health concerns.
The Stages of Gum Disease
There are three stages of gum disease depending on the severity:
- The first stage is called gingivitis and is characterized by red, swollen gums, and bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. Because the symptoms are so common and painless, many people do not know they are affected. If caught early, gingivitis can be cured by our dentists here in Old Greenwich, CT, however, if not caught, the disease will progress.
- The second stage is periodontitis, which commonly causes recurring bad breath and gum recession in addition to bleeding and swollen gums. Once gum disease has progressed to this stage, it can no longer be cured, only maintained with routine periodontal maintenance appointments.
- The final stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. At this stage, patients will begin to notice their teeth feel loose and may even fall out. Additionally, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Gum disease has been linked to systemic concerns, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and even dementia. Patients at this stage should seek immediate professional help.
Gum Disease Therapy
At Old Greenwich Dental Center we offer comprehensive gum disease therapy to help cleanse your mouth and save your oral and overall health! Our treatments are designed to remove infection in as gentle a manner as possible, as well as clean your teeth and gums for a healthy mouth. Depending on the level of severity of your gum disease, we may perform a deep clean of the periodontal pockets, or have to perform a more surgical approach for advanced cases. With our professional treatments, routine dental appointments, and effective at-home care, you can help prevent gum disease from affecting your smile.
If your smile is affected by gum disease, contact our office in Old Greenwich, CT today to schedule your gum disease therapy appointment!