Are you ever confused about gum disease? If so, our Masterpiece Dental team is happy to help you clear up that confusion! Gum disease is a serious dental problem that can destroy your smile and your oral health if you let it. It is a complex disease that has two stages, and those stages are:
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it begins when the plaque on your smile does not get removed. It continues to grow on the surfaces of your teeth and it begins to irritate your gums. Your gums will turn red, swollen, and tender and they might bleed on occasion, especially when you brush your teeth or eat. If the plaque is allowed to grow, it can advance into periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease and it involves your gums pulling away from your teeth. When this happens, pockets form and they collect debris and bacteria each day. These substances infect your gums and oral health. Then, the plaque moves underneath the gumline and attacks the underlying bone with its toxins. As time goes on, your teeth will become loose and they will eventually fall out of your mouth.
The best way to prevent this disease is to keep up with your six month checkups. These checkups are vital because they give Dr. Brandon Green and our dental team the chance to remove the plaque that grows on and threatens your smile. Without these appointments, the plaque will continue growing on your chompers. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule your next dental cleaning appointment, call 801.756.5136 today and talk to our caring dental team!