Patients in Athens, GA learn about the dangers of gum disease
A bright, healthy smile is one of the first things you notice when meeting someone new. Hidden beneath that smile, gum disease could be lurking. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. With more than 3 million cases each year, gum disease has become very common. Dr. Brent Nail of Athens Oconee Dentistry in Athens, GA seeks to educate patients on gum disease to ensure early treatment and better outcomes.
The different stages of gum disease
Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar on the teeth. When left alone, the bacteria in plaque spread to the gums, causing inflammation. This stage is gingivitis.
Left untreated, gingivitis worsens leading to periodontitis. In this stage, the affected gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Bacteria gathers in the spaces that have been created between the gums and teeth. This leads to infections. When periodontitis goes untreated, damage is caused to the teeth, bones, gums, and connective tissue, and tooth loss is possible.
Early identification and treatment of periodontal disease is crucial to prevent the spreading or worsening of the disease. The treatment plan is a group effort between the patient and dentist. The patient needs to follow healthy dental cleaning habits at home. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Regular routine dental checkups are necessary. These routine visits ensure that any new issues are addressed early and help to prevent new problems from arising. If problems do appear, your dentist can handle them quickly and easily as part of a new treatment plan.
If you or someone you love suffers from gum disease, contact Dr. Brent Nail and his team at Athens Oconee Dentistry. Let this friendly team put you on the path to a healthy mouth and smile. (706) 549-2440.