Gum disease comes in 4 distinct stages of progression, beginning as gingivitis and culminating in advanced periodontitis. At first, its symptoms are mild and fully reversible. But left unchecked, it can lead to deterioration of gum and bone tissue, tooth loss, and infection/inflammations spreading from the mouth to other parts of the body.
The majority of US adults have at least some form and stage of gum disease. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, can usually be 100% reversed with the proper periodontal treatment and an improved oral hygiene regimen.
Gum disease is an infection of both the periodontal and bone tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth. Unless addressed in time with the appropriate periodontal treatment, gum disease advances in stages from very mild to very severe.
The majority of US adults will have to deal with some form of periodontal (gum) disease at some point during their lives. Everything from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis can potentially threaten your gums, and by extension, your teeth, oral health, and your overall body health.
When most people think of dental hygiene, or oral hygiene, they immediately focus their thoughts on tooth health. But the fact is, dental hygiene is no less critical to periodontal (gum) health.