Gum disease is a contamination of the gums. It attacks the structures that support the teeth. Dr. Haefner and our team are happy to give you helpful information about gum disease so that you know what to watch for.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is easiest to treat if it is diagnosed in its early stages. Contact us for gum disease treatment if you notice any of the following symptoms:
– Red, swollen, or tender gums
– Teeth that appear long because of receding gums
– Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
– Spaces between the gums and the teeth
– A change in your bite
– Bad breath or bad taste that won’t go away
– Pus coming from the gums
Stages of Gum Disease
– Gingivitis – The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is an infection of the gums that is caused by the buildup of plaque. If daily oral hygiene practices do not remove the plaque, toxins can be released that irritate gum tissue. If you have gingivitis, you may notice some bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth.
– Periodontitis – If this stage is reached, the bone and structures that support your teeth become damaged. Gaps, or pockets, form between the gums and the teeth.
– Advanced Periodontitis – This is the final stage of gum disease. The bone and structures supporting your teeth are destroyed, potentially causing the teeth to shift or loosen. If advanced treatment can’t save the teeth, some teeth may need to be removed.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment for treatment for gum disease in Mount Pleasant, SC, with our dentist, contact our office at 843-884-1215 today.