Gum disease often starts out as the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. This is often attributed to poor oral hygiene habits that allow tartar to build up on your teeth near the gumline. The symptoms of this gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease often includes inflamed gum tissues that tend to bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth. You may also experience chronic bad breath.
With early diagnosis from our periodontist, Dr. James R. Knochel gingivitis can often be treated with a comprehensive dental cleaning. This involves him using professional tools and techniques to remove all traces of tartar from your teeth. Once periodontal inflammation subsides you can prevent gingivitis with consistent improvements to your daily oral routine. Without professional intervention, gingivitis can worsen into the more dangerous periodontal infection of periodontitis. This level of gum disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots. Over time, gum disease can also start to compromise the bone structure in your mouth, leading to the loss of multiple teeth. It’s also worth noting that the inflammation associated with chronic periodontitis can also contribute to other medical conditions.
If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area and you have gum disease concerns, you should call 520-747-7944 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at James R. Knochel, D.D.S., P.C..