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You’ve probably heard of gum disease and gingivitis. Conversely, have you ever heard of periodontitis? Do you know what gingivitis can do to your smile—or what you can do to treat gum disease? Did you know that gum disease has three different stages, or that each stage can lead to a number of different issues? Similarly, do you know if the issues caused by the various stages of gum disease can be reversed?

As you probably know, gum disease is something you should strive to avoid. You’ve probably known that, in order to keep your teeth healthy and strong, you should brush and floss regularly. Similarly, you probably know that you should visit a dentist once every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. However, do you know what you would do if you have gum disease? Also, what do you know about the stage of gum disease?

You see, the first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Sadly, gingivitis is an inflammation in your gums, though the infection isn’t usually too severe. In fact, this stage of gum disease can usually be reversed simply with brushing and flossing. However, if gingivitis isn’t addressed quickly enough, it could progress into periodontal disease. Unfortunately, periodontal disease is harder to reverse. Fortunately, a deep cleaning can usually help with this stage of gum disease.

Sadly, if this stage of gum disease isn’t addressed, you could have to deal with advanced periodontal disease, which is also known as periodontitis. This more serious form of gum disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and even oozing gums. During these times, chewing may become painful, meaning you may need to visit your dentist even more often.

In other words, catching gum disease early is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Also, please remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time and remember to brush at least once a day. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash can also help.

If you are interested in learning more please don’t hesitate to contact Rice Dentistry of Nellysford at 434-218-7020. Dr. Jennifer Rice, and Dr. James Rice and our team will gladly help you fight against gum disease, regardless of which stage of gum disease you have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.