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Gum disease affects more than half of all American adults, and many are unaware of their condition

While minor cases of gum disease do not cause permanent damage and can be reversed, advanced cases cause permanent, irreversible damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw

With the proper periodontal care, such as deep cleanings from Parkside Dental, the damage caused by gum disease can be halted or even reversed

Drs. Jason and Jean Larsen offer expert periodontal care in a judgment-free setting, allowing you to get the treatment you need

What Are the Different Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is commonly broken down into three different stages. The first, and least serious stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” Gingivitis does not cause any permanent damage to your teeth, gums, or jaw bone. If you get treatment and maintain good oral hygiene, its effects can be completely reversed. Common signs of gingivitis include swollen and inflamed gums, gum discoloration, bleeding when brushing, and halitosis (bad breath).

If you do not get treatment for gingivitis, it may progress into gum disease, also sometimes called “periodontitis.” In this stage of the disease, permanent damage has been done to your gums and the roots of your teeth, but you can still save your teeth and halt the progression of the disease with proper care. Some common signs of this stage of gum disease include gum recession, a change in how your teeth fit together, and gums that may bleed, even when you’re not brushing or flossing.

The final stage of gum disease is usually called periodontal disease, or “advanced periodontitis.” Most of the damage caused by this stage of gum disease cannot be reversed. You may experience symptoms like loose teeth, or your teeth may even fall out. Other common symptoms include pus between your teeth, a bad taste in your mouth, and serious pain or discomfort when chewing. In most cases, the best way to treat this stage of gum disease is to extract all of your remaining teeth, and replace them with full-arch dentures.



How Can You Treat Gum Disease?

Scaling and root planing, also called a “deep cleaning” involves scraping plaque, tartar and bacteria away from your gums and the roots of your teeth, and is the best way to treat most minor-to-moderate cases of gum disease.
 
We also offer soft tissue laser treatment at our office. Using lasers, infected tissue can be removed from the roots of your teeth. This process is minimally-invasive, and highly effective at removing bacteria and infected tissue.

What Are the Risks if I Don’t Get Gum Disease Treatment?

If you do not get treatment for gum disease, your condition will continue to get worse. Irreversible damage will be done to your gums, the roots of your teeth, and your jaw. As time goes on, you may have trouble chewing and eating, and you may even start to lose multiple teeth.
 
This is why it’s so important to get gum disease treatment early. If you get treatment for gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, your condition can be reversed, and no permanent damage will be done to your mouth. Even if you have a more advanced case of gum disease, proper treatment can help you save your smile, and prevent further damage from being done to your mouth.

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