If gingivitis is allow to progress to its’ advanced form periodontitis. What happens at this stage is that plaque grows below the gum line (ew!), separating the gums and allowing toxins from the bacteria in plaque to stimulate an inflammatory response that leads to the destruction of their teeth. The short version of what happens next, is you will lose your teeth and the gum tissue will be destroyed and rot out around them.
If all this doesn’t scare you, we’re not sure what will. We do however request that you take care of your oral hygiene before you ever get to the even worse stages of periodontitis.
People that have a disposition to certain types of periodontitis that can progress rapidly should get treated immediately and checked often for the following:
- Aggressive periodontitis
- Chronic periodontitis
- Systemic periodontitis
- Necrotizing periodontal disease
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Regular and proper brushing and flossing of the teeth and gums can greatly reduce the opportunity for plaque to build up and cause inflammation or gum disease. Removing dental plaque is the key to preventing any form of gum disease.
Get Your Gums Checked For Gum Disease
Dr. Pickett, your Keller TX dentist and our amazing hygienists are always happy to take a look at your gums during each dental cleaning to ensure that your gums don’t show sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, the leading causes of gum disease in children and adults. Simply call our dental office at (817) 431-5514 to schedule your next teeth cleaning and exam where we always check for gum disease!