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How serious is Gum Disease?

There is a good reason that we recommend (again and again) daily brushing and flossing; without it, your risk of gum disease skyrockets. Some studies suggest that 75% of Americans have one of the three stages of gum disease, which have been linked to other health concerns such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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The three stages of gum disease include:

Stage 1: Gingivitis
When plaque is not removed from your teeth and gumline, it hardens into tartar. Over time, the tartar causes your gums to become inflamed and trap the bacteria that causes gum disease. The most common symptoms of gingivitis are swollen gums and gums that bleed during brushing or flossing. At this point, gum disease can be reversed, making it more important than ever to seek treatment.

Stage 2: Periodontitis
If you don’t treat gingivitis, the condition will become periodontitis. Your gums will form pockets around your teeth, trapping food, plaque, and bacteria that can ultimately lead to irreversible damage to your bone and gum tissue. If you see miniscule gaps between your teeth, that may be an indication that your gums have begun to recede, making immediate treatment a necessity.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis
In the final stage of gum disease, the connective tissue and bone that support your teeth are damaged beyond repair. The pockets that are formed during periodontitis grow deeper, allowing your teeth to loosen, shift, and even fall out.

The leading cause of toothlessness in adults is gum disease. The best way to avoid any of the stages of gum disease is to practice regular at-home hygiene and visit your dentist twice a year or as recommended.

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