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Gum disease is one of the most dangerous and serious dental issues in the world along with tooth decay. It’s very important to do all you can to prevent it as much as possible.

To help you know a little more about gum disease, our Quality Dental Care dental team would be happy to explain the two different stages of gum disease, which are:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the minor form of gum disease. It develops when you fail to remove the plaque on your smile on a regular basis. When this happens, the plaque irritates your gums, making them red and swollen and even making them bleed easily. Oftentimes there is little to no discomfort at this stage. Fortunately, a professional dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene can treat this stage of the disease.

Periodontitis

If your gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance into periodontitis. This happens when the plaque turns into tartar and it spreads and grows below the gumline. Then, the toxins in the tartar irritate the gums and deteriorate the underlying bone and tissues. In addition, your gums tend to recede from the base of your teeth, creating pockets. As time goes by, the pockets fill with infection. If this isn’t treated with laser periodontal therapy, scaling and root planing treatments, or antibiotics, the disease could cause loose and lost teeth.

Now that you know every detail about gum disease, it’s time to take the measures necessary to prevent it. You can do so by remaining diligent in your oral hygiene routine (brushing twice a day and flossing and rinsing daily) and visiting your dentist, Dr. Bogdan Bodroug every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. For more information about gum disease in Vancouver, Washington, please call our office at 360-448-7018. We will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!