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Gingivitis

Periodontal disease is often first recognized when a patient notices their gums have become red and swollen. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and it is the mildest form of the disease. Patients often recognize the symptoms of gingivitis when they brush their teeth or floss, which causes their sensitive, inflamed gums to bleed.

The gums become irritated because of plaque that accumulates between the teeth and gums. This stage is usually treated easily with an in-office deep cleaning, also called root planing and scaling. Dr. Moore may also recommend Peridex™ mouthwash to discourage the buildup of plaque.

When gingivitis is left untreated, the problem progresses into periodontitis, which requires more serious professional care.

Periodontitis

When left untreated, gum disease may lead to permanent damage to the gums, jaw bone, and teeth. In this stage, plaque and its hardened form, tartar, cause the recession of gum tissue and bone. This creates deep pockets in which more bacteria develops between the teeth and gums. Eventually, this bacteria reduces the support structure of the teeth, causing them to loosen and, in severe cases, fall out.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

For periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, patients may benefit from root planing and scaling and Peridex™ mouthwash, but some may require further treatment.

Dr. Moore may prescribe ARESTIN® Microspheres, an antibiotic medication that is placed in the pockets. ARESTIN® helps kill the bacteria and stop their destruction of the gums, teeth, and bone tissues. If you are receiving treatment for periodontitis or gingivitis, and are concerned about pain, Oraqix® numbing gel is a topical medication Dr. Moore may use to reduce discomfort during treatment.

In addition to damaging the teeth, periodontal disease is accompanied by dangerous pathogens that can have adverse affects on a patient's overall health. If you have noticed any of the symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis, it is of paramount importance that you see Dr. Moore as soon as possible. If periodontitis has advanced to a stage requiring surgical treatment, Dr. Moore can help refer you to a specialized periodontist.

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