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Are you concerned about gum disease and want to learn more? Periodontitis is gum disease that has progressed to an advanced stage. When gum disease has reached this level it affects the gums, bones and ligaments and can lead to tooth loss as well as other health problems if left untreated. The good news is, being aware of the early signs can help you prevent the disease from progressing.

Gum disease in the beginning stage is called gingivitis. If plaque is left behind on teeth and gums it can cause gingivitis. If you notice persistent bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth or visible symptoms like swollen, red and bleeding gums, you may be in this early stage of gum disease. Gum disease is easily treated with proper brushing and flossing and a professional dental cleaning if it’s caught at this stage.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. The plaque bacteria and toxins that build up as gum disease progresses to periodontitis begin to affect not only your gum tissue but also affect the bones and ligaments that support your teeth. As this infection continues, it leads to disease in your bones and ligaments. You may notice your gums receding and your teeth may become loose. If you have an advanced stage of gum disease, surgery may be necessary or removal of the affected teeth.

Please feel free to call The Dentist House at 760-446-7343 in Ridgecrest, California, if you are concerned you may have problems with gum disease. Upon examination, our dentist, Dr. Josef Mamaliger, can provide you with a treatment plan for your best dental health.