There are different stages of gum disease and if caught early, it can be reversible. However, if left untreated, your oral health will significantly be affected. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is not painful and can typically be identified by swollen gums, redness in gums, continuous bad breath, and bleeding of gums after brushing. Gingivitis can be treated by seeing a dentist and following the tips they provide to improve your oral health. If gingivitis is left untreated for an extended period of time, it can lead to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease means the plaque from your teeth is now growing underneath your gum line. This will cause irritation, inflammation and will cause your gums to separate from your teeth and the bone, forming pockets. If periodontal disease is left untreated, there will be long term effects on your oral health. Overtime, the disease can cause your teeth to become loose and your gums become extremely red. However, in many cases, those could be the only signs and not trigger someone to go to the dentist. The longer the disease goes untreated, the more you can be at risk for other chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, kidney or pancreatic cancer It is important to have regular check-ups to catch gum disease early.
Gordon Dental has experience with treating gum disease and will work with you to find the best treatment plan. They also now offer laser periodontal therapy to treat gum disease. This treatment method does not cause extensive pain, and the recovery time is quick, allowing many patients to return to their regular activities the day after their laser periodontal therapy. If you are experiencing any symptoms that could be related to gingivitis or periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Gordon at Gordon Dental in Kansas City, MO at your earliest convenience.