Upwards of 80% of the population has some degree of gum disease, although many don’t realize it. 70% of permanent tooth loss is caused by gum disease, and the warning signs are not clear to the untrained eye.

Treating the different stages of periodontal disease

Treatment of Gum Disease
There are three stages to Gum Disease; gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Each stage has its implications on your oral health but if left untreated gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can degenerate and result in tooth loss.

Gingivitis can be treated by utilizing proper in-home oral hygiene, along with bi-annual checkups with Dr. Nate Lewis. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary to reverse and prevent future occurrences of the condition, although assessment by a dentist is essential.

Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease following an untreated case of gingivitis. Periodontitis, or state two of gum disease, can only be treated in a dental office, not at home. In the early part of this stage dental treatments such as scaling or a root plane usually cure the condition, but proper in-home oral hygiene is still necessary.

Advanced periodontitis is the third and final stage of gum disease. At this point in the degenerative timeline specific teeth or segments of the gums may be damaged beyond repair. Surgery is required to treat this stage of periodontal disease although more aggressive treatments may be required to restore the aesthetics of the mouth.

Simply, Dr Nate Lewis DDS advises proper in-home oral hygiene. Practicing regular brushing and flossing can help prevent all three stages of gum disease and may save you a lot of pain and financial burden.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

• Red and/or inflamed gums
• Gum tenderness and/or pain
• Brushing and flossing causes bleeding
• Chronic bad breath, or bad odor/taste in mouth
• Shifted or loosened teeth; teeth fit together differently during bite
• Gums between teeth excrete pus
• Gums which have separated from teeth
• Longer appearing teeth due to gum recession