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Periodontal Disease - Stages of Periodontal Disease

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Stages of Periodontal Disease

1.      Gingivitis - early stages of periodontal disease.  During this stage you notice gum tenderness, some bleeding when brushing or flossing.  There is usually little or no discomfort.

2.      Early Periodontitis - during this stage there is a minor loss of attachment or pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) develop.

3.      Moderate Periodontitis - This stage deep pockets develop with 30 - 50% of loss of bone support and teeth are loose

4.      Advance Periodontitis - sever pockets depth and or recession of gum line with 50% loss of bone support and teeth move around

Several factors increase your odds of developing periodontal disease according to the American Dental Association

  • Genetic predisposition (your parents have or had periodontal disease)
  • Use of tobacco products
  • You grind your teeth
  • Some medications
  • Preterm baby with low birth weight
  • Hormonal fluctuations (includes pregnancy, menopause, etc.)
  • Alzheimer's patients
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Osteoporosis disease (progressive loss of bone density)
  • Cardiovascular disease

Not only is periodontal disease the #1 reason for tooth loss in adults, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weakened immune system and increased risk during pregnancy (higher risk of low birth weight babies or premature birth).

Ways to Help Prevent Periodontal Disease

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Rinse your mouth with water or mouth wash after eating
  • Have regular dental exams and cleanings
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Eat health balanced meals; avoid sweets and soda pops, which can erode enamel.

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