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If you have gum disease, you may find yourself experiencing bad breath, have an unpleasant taste in your mouth, or have gums that are red, bleeding or swollen. While early gum disease is highly treatable and reversible, it will progressively worsen if it goes untreated. When it does, the inflammation can end up eroding jaw bone and leave you with tooth loss.

Periodontitis develops when bacteria in the mouth infect the gums when it latches onto your teeth along the gumline. Your body will fight the infection, but produces effects that damage the supportive jaw bone material along with the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. As it progresses, gum pockets will form, your teeth will loosen and eventually teeth may be lost.

Mild: In the early stage, a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing will get rid of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Scaling cleans the teeth above and below the gum line while root planing smooths the tooth roots which keeps bacteria from attaching. Combined with a stepped-up brushing and flossing routine will give you the results you are looking for.

Moderate: In addition to scaling and root planing treatments and stepping up your daily oral hygiene efforts, you may require oral surgery at this stage. This treatment may include shaping the gums and regrowing your jawbone.

Severe: At this stage, you may need antibiotics to fight the infection and oral surgery which may include extracting loose teeth.

Your best approach to keeping periodontitis from gaining a foothold in your smile, employ prevention and early intervention. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss between the teeth daily to remove plaque and oral debris. Maintain your six months dental cleanings to remove tartar and to inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of oral distress.

To schedule your next visit with our Kelner Periodontics LLC team in Clark, New Jersey, please call 732-587-6740 today. Our dentist, Dr. Danielle Kelner is happy to help you with your oral care needs.