What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a common oral disease that affects most adults and even some children. The disease is so common because the early symptoms are hard to detect and mostly painless. A progressive condition, meaning that if you do not receive professional care, gum disease can get worse and even spread to other teeth or parts of your body. The disease affects your jaw bone, teeth and gum tissue, causing permanent damage to your oral health, including tooth loss! The best way to catch this disease in its earliest stage is through regular dental hygiene appointments and checkups. Our team will always inspect your mouth for signs of gum disease and educate you on the best ways to keep your mouth healthy.
The first stage of the disease, gingivitis, can be easily treated if identified early. If not caught or treated, gingivitis can progress to the incurable periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. During this advanced stage, gum disease can only be maintained with routine periodontal maintenance visits. Treating the disease is important because along with tooth loss, receding gums and deteriorating bone tissue, research has also linked gum disease as contributing to strokes, heart disease and dementia.