Although gum disease is common in the general population, many people do not know the stages of this condition. To help you understand the importance of treating periodontal disease early, we have outlined the stages below. If you feel that you may have periodontal disease, please call Dr. Jenny Liang in Mission Viejo, CA, at (949) 485-2323 for an examination.
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What Happens If Gum Disease Goes Untreated?
Without proper treatment, gum disease will not go away on its own. Even if you brush and floss regularly, you cannot get control without intervention from a trained dentist such as those at Bear Coast Dentistry. Contact us at (949) 485-2323 to find out how you can start getting regular gum disease treatment at our dental office.
The First Stage of Periodontal Disease: Gingivitis
In the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, the gums become puffy and red. They may also bleed during brushing and flossing. If periodontal disease is detected at this stage, it can usually be completely treated and may not return with proper oral hygiene.
The Second Stage of Periodontal Disease: Periodontitis
Periodontitis is the stage where pockets start to form between the gums and the teeth. These pockets are a breeding ground for bacteria. Many people who experience periodontitis notice that they have bad breath. As periodontitis persists and moves from its earliest stages to severe stages, it is common to experience loose teeth, bone loss, and even pus coming from the periodontal pockets. A patient with periodontitis will have to get regular treatment for the rest of his or her life to avoid the systemic effects of gum disease.
It is important to have a comprehensive examination by a trained dentist to determine if you are at risk for gum disease. Call Bear Coast Dentistry in Mission Viejo, CA, at (949) 485-2323 to make an appointment.