Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can destroy your smile and oral health if you let it progress to the later stages. This disease is one to avoid at all costs. It’s one of the most destructive dental issues in the world today. This disease is so complex that it has two different types. Our periodontist, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz, is happy to tell you all about those types. They are:
-Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It develops when you fail to remove plaque from your teeth and gumline each day. When you leave the plaque, it starts to irritate the gums. This makes the gums red, swollen and tender. It also makes the gums bleed often. Another symptom of gingivitis is consistent bad breath. The treatment available for gingivitis is a professional dental cleaning.
-Periodontitis: Periodontitis is the second stage and it develops when the plaque turns into tartar. The tartar bothers and infects the gums, making them pull away from the teeth and form pockets by the roots. The tartar then spreads to the underlying bone and starts to break it down. This causes loose and lost teeth. The treatments available for periodontitis are scaling and root planing, laser therapy, bone and gum grafts and more.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about the types of gum disease in Tampa, Florida, please reach out to Periodontal and Implant Esthetics today at 813-289-3640. Our periodontal team is happy to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!