Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an oral health condition that’s caused by improper oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss properly, smoke, eat a sugar-rich diet, and meet other risk factors, you have a very high risk of developing gum disease.
This condition occurs when bacteria build up in plaque and tartar between your gums and teeth. Over time, the bacteria will attack your gums and infect them. At first, this causes only minor symptoms. But eventually, gum disease will get worse, and it can lead to serious long-term oral health problems like tooth loss.
Gum disease is a serious oral health problem, particularly among older adults. It’s been estimated that nearly half of the population suffers from some form of gum disease. But is it possible to reverse gum disease? The answer is “yes,” but only if you catch it in time. In this blog from Skutak Dental, we’ll discuss everything you need to know.
The first stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” In this stage, there is significant bacterial buildup between your teeth and your gums. This can lead to problems like swollen and tender gums, gum discoloration, and bad breath (halitosis).
However, gingivitis doesn’t permanently damage your teeth or gums. If you adjust your lifestyle, maintain good oral hygiene, and see Dr. Skutak for treatment like deep cleaning (scaling & root planing), it’s entirely possible to eliminate these bacteria.
As long as you take good care of your mouth in the future, you will be able to completely reverse your gum disease, and live a healthy lifestyle without any further complications.
After your gum disease progresses into periodontitis, the second stage of gum disease, it’s not reversible. This is why it’s so important to get help as soon as possible if you think you have gum disease. If you don’t get periodontal care in time, the effects of gum disease may be irreversible.
In this stage of gum disease, permanent damage has been done to your gums, teeth, and jaw. You may experience gum recession, loosening of your teeth, and other symptoms. However, the news isn’t all bad.
With the help of a dentist like Dr. Lisa Skutak, you can control your gum disease, protect your mouth, and prevent it from getting worse. Treatments like deep cleaning, antibiotics, oral surgery to clean and repair your gums and bone, and regular periodontal maintenance will stop any further progression of your gum disease.
However, you can never completely eliminate gum disease. To keep your mouth healthy, you will need to get regular periodontal maintenance and care for the rest of your life. And if you stop getting the care you need, your gum disease may come back and cause further oral health problems.
If you think that you may have gingivitis or a more advanced stage of gum disease, Skutak Dental is here to help. Early intervention is the best way to protect your oral health, minimize complications, and restore your teeth and gums. Don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a call at (715) 355-4433 to schedule an appointment now.