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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: Reversible With Minor Dental Procedures
  • • Periodontitis: Immediate Treatment Necessary to Prevent Further Damage
  • • Advanced Periodontitis: Aggressive Treatment Needed to Save the Teeth

Gum Disease is Preventable

Stages Of Gum Disease in Orlando, FL

Brushing and flossing your teeth every day might feel like a chore, but these oral hygiene practices are essential for preventing gum disease. Many people seeking bad breath treatment do not realize they actually have gum disease and may need to undergo laser gum surgery to get rid of bad breath for good.

An estimated 75 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease has been linked to a number of avoidable health and dental problems.

Gum Disease and Bad Breath Treatment

If you are self-conscious about bad breath and seeking bad breath treatment, talk to the periodontists in Orlando, FL, Dr. Rodney Horvat, and Dr. Scott Cohen at Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, for an oral evaluation. Bad breath is a sign of one of the early stages of gum disease and is easier to treat when we can get to the root of the problem.

Stages of Gum Disease Winter Park, FL   

Stage 1: Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of gum disease and occurs when plaque builds up around the gum line and the gums become inflamed. If you do not brush and floss your teeth every day, the plaque buildup will eventually trap bacteria and cause gum disease. Gingivitis causes significant inflammation of the gums; your gums may appear swollen and pink, and you might experience bad breath and bleeding when brushing. This stage of gum disease is still easily treatable and reversible.
Stages of Gum Disease Winter Park, FL   

Stage 2: Periodontitis

When gingivitis is left untreated, the condition worsens and turns into periodontitis. The supporting bones and fibers that hold your teeth have now become irreversibly damaged as the gums begin to form deep pockets around the teeth. This space starts to trap food, plaque, and bacteria. The gums will start to recede and you might see gaps forming between your teeth. At this stage, you need immediate treatment or you run the risk of further damage and tooth loss.
Stages of Gum Disease Winter Park, FL   

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

If you still do not receive treatment and the condition worsens, you will have advanced periodontitis. At this stage, bacteria continues to grow and spread, and will continue to destroy the connective tissues and bone supporting the teeth. The deep pockets formed in Stage 2 will become even deeper and your teeth might start to become loose or shift. Aggressive treatment at this stage is needed to save your teeth.

Are you looking for bad breath treatment or looking for tips on gum disease prevention? Set up a consultation with our periodontists in Orlando, FL for your best treatment options.
Drs. Horvat, and Cohen are Periodontists in Winter Park, Florida who serve patients from Winter Park, Orlando, Maitland, and Altamonte Springs as well as the surrounding areas. Our office specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and we offer treatments such as the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, and Cosmetic Periodontics. Call (407) 644-4404 to schedule your appointment.

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