of the adults in the U.S. suffer from some level of gum disease.
Yet, all too
often, people don’t look into treating gum disease until it turns severe.
Knowing the characteristics of the different levels of gum disease can empower
you to step up your dental health efforts if you notice issues arising with the
health of your teeth and gums. Even if you’re brushing and flossing diligently,
gum disease, for any number of reasons, can still emerge as a serious threat to
your oral health. But when you know what to look for, you’ll know where you
need to turn.
stages of gum disease are
characterized by the hardening of plaque, the pasty white or yellow-ish substance
that’s made of bacteria and leftover food particle. When plaque hardens onto
teeth, it turns into what’s known as “dental calculus” or simply “tartar.”
remove dental calculus from your teeth at home. You’ll need a dental hygienist
to carefully scrape it from your teeth and to polish your teeth afterwards. And you'll need a periodontist
to determine if further treatment is needed.
When the early
signs of gum disease advance into conditions that threaten the teeth, gums and
jawbone underneath, it’s classified as periodontitis. Many of the symptoms of
periodontitis look like moderate or severe versions of those of gingivitis.
Some of the
distinct symptoms of periodontitis include the
appear longer because the gums, under assault from gum disease, are slowly
decaying and receding.
Loose teeth –
barring trauma, teeth that move even just a little are a sign of advanced gum
discolored gums – easy-to-spot swelling and bright-red or purple gums indicate
that the gum disease is no longer in its early stages.
– in the early stages of gum disease, there may be slight bleeding after
brushing. During the advanced stages, it may take much less for the gums to
start bleeding – including simply touching them.
Combatting Gum Disease
to set up a
time to talk with a local periodontist in Chicago, IL to learn more about your
options for treating gum disease.
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