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The Four Stages of Periodontal Disease

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of healthy and gum disease teeth at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona in Phoenix, AZPeriodontal disease, a common oral health concern, progresses through four distinct stages, each with its characteristics and implications for dental health. Understanding these stages is crucial for maintaining optimal oral hygiene and preventing severe complications.

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gingivitis marks the first stage of periodontal disease. It often manifests with symptoms such as swollen and tender gums, bleeding during brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath. Gingivitis occurs due to the buildup of plaque and tartar along the gumline, leading to inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue. The damage can still be reversed if you maintain proper oral hygiene. Professional dental cleanings will also help in reversing the disease at this stage.

Stage 2: Early Periodontitis

During this phase, the inflammation extends beyond the gums and begins to affect the supporting structures of the teeth, including the bone and periodontal ligaments. Signs of early periodontitis may include receding gums and increased sensitivity to hot and cold. Without intervention, the damage to the supporting structures can become irreversible, leading to tooth mobility and potential tooth loss.

Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis

Moderate periodontitis marks the advancement of the disease, with more pronounced destruction of the bone and connective tissue supporting the teeth. Individuals may experience worsening symptoms such as bad odor and pus between the teeth and gums as the condition worsens. At this stage, treatment by a dental professional becomes essential to halt the progression of the disease.

Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis

The final stage of periodontal disease, advanced periodontitis, represents severe and extensive damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. Individuals with advanced periodontitis may encounter significant oral health challenges, including severe gum recession, deep periodontal pockets, and visible tooth loss. Without prompt and aggressive intervention, advanced periodontitis can lead to irreversible consequences, impacting not only oral health but also overall well-being.

Gum disease is a serious condition that needs to be managed proactively. Remember to schedule regular dental check-ups and seek our professional help at the earliest signs of gum disease.

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