Periodontal Disease ~ Gum Care
Gum disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during your appointment. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up. A periodontal probe is gently used to measure the pocket, or sulcus, between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. Your dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, the amount of bleeding, inflammation and tooth mobility to determine how healthy your gums are.
Gingivitis is the first. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.
Periodontitis ~ Plaque hardens into calculus. As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.
Advanced Periodontitis occurs and the teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament ccontinues to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.
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