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Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?

April 8, 2022
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Posted By: Bruce E. Matthews, DDS, PA
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Your Wilmington, DE dentist stages gum disease from gingivitis to advanced. And as the disease progresses, it becomes treatable rather than curable.

The Stages of Gum Disease in Wilmington, DE

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the reversible stage of gum disease. It is so early, in fact, that we don’t always refer to it as a severe condition of the gums or true periodontal disease. You have infections of the gum tissue at this stage, but it has not reached the bones that sustain your teeth.

At this stage, you may notice bleeding gums or occasional bad breath. Sometimes, there is even mild gum swelling and irritation. However, symptoms can be so subtle that you don’t notice anything specific.  

With timely treatment, you and your dentist can reverse this condition through improved home care and professional dental cleanings.

Gum Disease Stages (Periodontitis)

Gum disease can be slight, moderate, or severe. Symptoms often dictate where you are in your condition.

Slight gum disease means the infections have started to penetrate the jawbone. Moderate gum disease means the infections have significantly spread, and severe gum disease poses an immediate risk to your teeth and general health.

Symptoms of gum disease include red and swollen gums, bad breath that lingers, bleeding gums, and gum pocketing.

Unfortunately, gum disease is not reversible, so catching it in the gingivitis stage is crucial. However, your dentist can lessen infections and restore you to better oral health despite a gum disease diagnosis.

Treating Gum Conditions

Gingivitis treatments include a unique teeth cleaning schedule in our dental office and an oral maintenance routine at home. For gum disease, we typically do below the gum cleanings and scaling and root planing to encourage gum tissue to better adhere to teeth.

For Gingivitis Treatment in Wilmington, DE, Contact Our Team

Visiting your dentist for teeth cleanings and checkups is the best way to lower your risks for many preventable conditions, including gum disease.

To schedule an appointment or, if you have questions, give us a call today.

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