Gum disease is an infection of the gums. It attacks the structures that support the teeth. Dr. Higham and Dr. Sauchelli and our entire team are happy to answer any questions that you may have about gum disease.
Gum disease is much easier to treat if it is diagnosed in its early stages. Contact us if you notice any of the following signs:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Pockets, or spaces, between the gums and the teeth
- A change in your bite
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus coming from the gums
There are three stages of gum disease. They include:
- Gingivitis – The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is an infection of the gums that is caused by the buildup of plaque. If daily dental hygiene practices do not remove the plaque, toxins can be released that irritate gum tissue. If you have this stage of gum disease, you may notice some bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth.
- Periodontitis – The bone and structures that support the teeth become damaged if this stage is reached. Gaps, or pockets, form between the gums and the teeth. Food and plaque can become lodged in these pockets, heightening the issue.
- Advanced Periodontitis – This is the final stage of gum disease. The bone and structures supporting the teeth are destroyed, potentially causing the teeth to shift or loosen. This can affect your bite. If advanced treatment can’t save the teeth, some teeth may need to be removed.
Please contact our office at 561-746-8095 today if you need treatment for gum disease in Jupiter, FL, with our dentist.