Periodontitis is a progressive disease that affects the gum tissue. If you notice that your gums are red or swollen or if you see blood after brushing or flossing you are probably experiencing the initial signs of the condition F known as gingivitis. Fortunately at this stage the disease can be reversed, but you have to get it under control asap. Make an appointment to see your dentist sooner rather than later.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that thrives in the plaque that naturally collects and clings to our teeth. Brushing and flossing is the way we get rid of that nasty plaque but if it is left to harden into tartar it can only be removed with the special instruments that a dental hygienist has at hand.
As periodontitis advances the gum tissue will begin to retract leaving spaces between the teeth and the gums. These “pockets” open the inner layers of the teeth to the risk of bacterial infection. Traditional treatment at this stage has been to perform a procedure known as “root planning and scaling.” It is done to clean out the bacteria and smooth out the tooth roots so that they will be more resistant to bacterial accumulation.
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