Wednesday, April 30, 2012
When Maria came into our office, she didn’t know what exactly was wrong with your dental health, but she knew something wasn’t right. Over a period of months, she noticed increasingly swollen and tender gums, and she found that her gums were even bleeding sometimes—especially after she brushed her teeth. After a thorough evaluation, our Boca Raton dentists were able to determine that Maria was suffering from gingivitis.
Maria was shocked when we explained her situation—she didn’t really understand how gingivitis develops, or how her gum disease progressed. We explained that gum disease progresses in two stages, and that if left untreated, periodontal problems can destroy an otherwise healthy smile.
So what are the two stages of gum disease?
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when gum tissue becomes infected with harmful oral bacteria. Patients may notice that their gums become more sensitive and prone to bleeding. If your gum tissue feels swollen or tender, let your dentist know so that he or she can evaluate you for gingivitis. It is easiest to treat gum disease in its early stages, so it’s important to recognize the signs of gingivitis and seek treatment in a timely manner.
Gingivitis, if left untreated, progresses to a condition called periodontitis. Once gintivitis progresses, dental bacteria infects not only gum tissue, but teeth, connective tissues, and bones as well. Periodontitis is quite serious—it can lead to loosening teeth, tooth loss, and bone deterioration.
A dental professional can help you recognize the signs of gum disease and treat existing bacterial infections. Don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns with your dentists, and seek treatment if you notice any signs of periodontal problems. Give our Boca Raton dental office a call for more information about gum disease, or to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Martin Polin, DMD & Dr. Carly Polin, DMD
2600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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