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Do you wish you knew more about periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease? If so, our Evans Street Dental Center team is more than happy to tell you a little more about it! It is a serious and extremely dangerous disease that has two different stages, and those stages are:
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it begins when the plaque on your teeth camp out on your smile for a long period of time. This generally occurs when you avoid your dental cleanings and six month checkups. The plaque continues to grow on your teeth and it irritates your gums. This may cause your gums to bleed each time you eat food or brush your teeth. If the plaque remains on your smile, it can progress to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the second stage of periodontal disease and it generally involves your gums and bone moving away from your teeth. With this happens, pockets form, which is extremely dangerous because these pockets tend to collect bacteria and debris, causing infection. The plaque will then move below the gumline and will send out toxins and poisons that will start to deteriorate the bone. After some time, your teeth will become loose and they will eventually fall out of the mouth.
For more information about gum disease, please remember that you can always call 503-472-1402 and talk to our friendly dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Natalya Ramsay if you notice any symptoms of the disease. We are here to help you fight and eliminate the disease as much as possible!