December 2009 Archives

Gum Disease

Periodontal (or gum disease) is a chronic bacterial infection that begins with swollen and tender gums and can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease begins when the plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth becomes inflamed. It will then harden and turn into tartar, which can only be removed during a dental cleaning.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Your gums will become red, swollen and are prone to bleeding, especially during brushing. Your gums may also become tender and irritated, but not always. Often times, there are no painful symptoms. If you are experiencing a change in your gums, it is important to see a dentist so this infection does not become any worse.

If gingivitis is not properly dealt with, it will evolve to periodontitis. At this stage, the areas of plaque and tartar will broaden and end up below your gum line. The bacteria will then irritate your gums and start breaking down your gum tissue and supporting bone.

The result is a separation of your gums and teeth, and the creation of pockets or spaces between them. These pockets will grow deeper and destroy more of your tissue and bone. Eventually, your teeth will become loose and will either fall out or need to be removed.

Periodontal disease can be corrected if caught early enough. If you have not seen a dentist in a while, Exceptional Dentistry is here to help. Nevada cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Bloch can rid your mouth of periodontal disease and help restore your oral health. If you live in the Las Vegas, Nevada areas, please contact Exceptional Dentistry of Las Vegas to set up a consultation.

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