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The Three Stages of Gum Disease

It has been estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease which can be linked to serious health complications and causes dental problems that are avoidable.

 

The 3 Stages of Gum Disease Are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

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Gingivitis in Sacramento, CA

Gum Disease Treatment for Sacramento, CA: The Three Stages of a Periodontal Infection

If you are experiencing irritated gums when brushing, this could be one of the first signs of a periodontal infection. As leading periodontists in Sacramento, CA, Dr. Jonathan Szymanowski and Dr. C. Thaddeus Szymanowski can give you the proper treatment to prevent the infection from progressing. A periodontal infection has three stages that often exhibit gradually worsening symptoms. Following is a brief outline of the different stages and symptoms of periodontal disease:

Gingivitis in Sacramento, CA   

Stage 1: Gingivitis

The earliest stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. This is the only stage that can be reversed. However, this does not mean that gingivitis can be ignored. Symptoms such as inflammation, bad breath, and irritated gums when brushing and flossing can easily worsen and create a fair amount of stress on the body. Seeking treatment early on is strongly advised in order to prevent permanent damage to your teeth and gums.
Periodontitis in Sacramento, CA   

Stage 2: Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an elevated form of gingivitis. This stage is often characterized by an increase in swelling and irritated gums when brushing and flossing. You may also notice your gums beginning to detach from the surfaces of your teeth and receding toward the roots. Periodontal pockets will also form and trap bacteria. At this point, the supporting bone and tissue structures can become damaged and immediate treatment will be necessary to prevent further bone or tooth loss.
Advanced Periodontitis in Sacramento, CA   

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

This is the most severe and damaging stage of gum disease. In addition to extremely irritated gums when brushing and flossing, you may notice spontaneous bleeding and will have severe pocketing. The underlying bone and tissue have become permanently and severely damaged, causing your teeth to become loose and even move out of position. In order to prevent major tooth and bone loss, you will need to seek immediate aggressive treatment from a top periodontist in Sacramento, CA. Contact Drs. Szymanowski as soon as possible!