Stages Of Gum Disease in Whitestone, NY

Gum disease, the common oral infection affecting millions, is preventable. Proper oral care can help you avoid the pain of bleeding gums, receding gums, tooth and bone loss. Gum disease occurs in three stages, and can be successfully treated with traditional gum surgery or laser gum surgery by our Whitestone, NY laser dentist, Dr. Vito Clarizio.

The Three Stage of Gum Disease Causing Bleeding Gums

Stages of Gum Disease Whitestone, NY   

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. It is characterized by swollen, bleeding gums and is the result of plaque buildup. At this stage, your normally healthy, pink gum tissue will become red and swollen. You may experience bleeding gums when you brush or floss. At the stage of gingivitis, the condition is reversible and permanent damage has not yet occurred. However, if treatment is neglected, the bleeding gums of gingivitis will advance to the receding gums of periodontitis.
Stages of Gum Disease Whitestone, NY   

Stage 2: Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease. Deep pockets will form around your gums, allowing bacteria and food to enter and become trapped. Plaque continues to build up as your gums begin to recede, shrinking further down your gum line and visually lengthening your teeth. The bones and fibers that support your teeth will suffer damage. Left untreated, periodontitis leads to advanced periodontitis.
Stages of Gum Disease Whitestone, NY   

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is the third and final stage of gum disease. The bacteria that caused your bleeding gums have thrived, spreading throughout your mouth and quite possibly, throughout your bloodstream. The fibers that held your teeth have been destroyed and your gum pockets have widened. Your teeth will become loose and shift in position.

In the final stages of advanced periodontitis, it is impossible for the body to heal itself. Treatment by our Whitestone, NY laser dentist must be scheduled to save your teeth and bone. If gum disease is left unchecked, it can negatively impact other serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and pancreatic cancer.

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