What does gum disease look like

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is medically known as Periodontal disease.

It refers to an infection of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. It has the potential to destroy the gum tissue and, as well, degrade the bone that holds the teeth in their sockets.

Many times, early symptoms of gum disease or not detected, primarily because they are not easy to identify.

As well, many individuals are afraid to seek dental care. It is not enough to brush your teeth twice a day. You must be informed about gum disease in order to maintain oral health throughout your lifetime.

 Here are some gum disease stages you should be aware of. 

The Progress of Gum Disease
  • Gingivitis

This is the first stage of gum tissue inflammation. It begins when plaque that contains bacteria begins to inflame and irritate the gums. This is an early and miles stage of gum disease. Symptoms include red and swollen gums that easily bleed when you flaws or brush your teeth. Professional dental care at this point can usually stop the progression of gum disease. Without dental intervention, gum disease is likely to progress to the next stage.

  • Mild Periodontitis

The difference between Gingivitis and Mild Periodontitis is that the disease begins to attack the bone anchoring teeth in place in your mouth. The result is that the gums may begin to separate from the teeth. Consequently, pockets are created that are filled with plaque and bacteria. Teeth may begin to loosen as this bone erosion progresses.

  • Advanced Periodontitis

In this third stage of gum disease, more severe bone deterioration occurs. At least one-half of your dental bone structure is disintegrated. The teeth will shift while you were chewing your food, and your bite is now altered permanently. At this point, surgical intervention is usually necessary to correct the symptoms of Advanced Periodontitis.

If the above stages of gum disease did not motivate you to call a dentist if you are due for a check up, thenI do not know what will motivate you. By all means, if you are due for a dental checkup, make sure that you schedule one as soon as possible.

While your teeth may appear healthy to you, you may still be suffering from a mild case of gingivitis that if left untreated will progress to something truly awful.