As you probably know, gum disease is something you should strive to avoid. You’ve probably heard that, in order to keep your teeth healthy and strong, you should brush and floss regularly. Similarly, you probably know that you should visit a dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. However, do you know what you should do if you have gum disease? Also, what do you know about the stages of gum disease?
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation in your gums, though the infection isn’t usually too severe. In fact, this stage of gum disease can usually be reversed simply with brushing and flossing. However, if gingivitis isn’t addressed quickly enough, it can progress into periodontal disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is harder to reverse. Fortunately, a deep cleaning can usually help with this stage of gum disease.
If this stage of gum disease isn’t addressed, you may have to deal with advanced periodontal disease, which is also known as periodontitis. This more serious form of gum disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and even oozing gums. At these times, chewing may become painful, resulting in a much needed need to visit your dentist.
In other words, catching gum disease early is the best way to restore the health and strength of your teeth. Please remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and remember to floss at least once a day. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash can also help.
Are you worried about the health of your gums? Would you like to learn more about gum disease and its three stages? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Hawkins Dental Group a call at 806-353-4361. Our entire team, including Dr.Hawkins and Dr. Smith, will address any concerns you have and offer you any personalized advice you may need. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to give us a call. We’re excited to hear from you!