Stages of Gum Disease in Marin County, CA
At Seda Perio, we offer a wide-range of periodontal and implant dentistry services in Marin County, California. We are committed to offer our patients high-quality services and to treating each patient as an individual. We will listen to your concerns and needs and help each individual patient with their periodontal and implant needs. Our team is also invested in teaching you about the risks and information on oral hygiene issues. We want you, our patients, to be able to make the best decisions possible related to your oral hygiene.
You may have questions about gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. They want to know what it is and the risks involved with it. Some of our patients also have many questions about the different stages and how gum disease treatment in San Rafael works. At Seda Perio, we have compiled this list of information on the different stages of gum disease as well as the risks associated with this condition. We also offer tips on how to prevent periodontal (gum) disease as well as our different treatments.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums. It can progress and worsen over time to impact the bones that surround and support teeth. Gum disease comes from bacteria found in plague. Plaque is a colorless, sticky film that forms on teeth. If individuals do not remove plaque through daily brushing and flossing, it can build up. The bacteria in the plaque buildup can impact gums and teeth. Over time they can impact the gum tissue and bones that support teeth. If gum disease worsens, it can lead to teeth becoming loose and either falling out or needing removal.

How We Can Help

Seek gum disease treatment in Marin County.If you are struggling with gum disease, don't feel embarrassed or that you are too far gone. Our San Rafael periodontist, Dr. Seda, can treat gum disease at any stage. We want you to have a healthy mouth, because we strongly believe that a healthy mouth equals a healthy body.

We offer many different types of services to treat the stages of gum disease, and Dr. Seda can help you decide which treatment is best for you. If  you are struggling with gum disease, call our office today. We are happy to help you better your smile!

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What are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is generally understood to have three different stages. As the disease gets worse, the impacts and problems get worse, also. If we detect gum disease at an earlier stage, it is easier to treat and prevent permanent damage or loss of teeth.


Stages of Gum Disease Marin County, CA  

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. During this stage, inflammation of the gums starts to occur as plaque builds up at the gumline. If daily brushing and flossing doesn't remove this plaque, the bacteria in the plaque produces toxins that irritates gum tissue. Symptoms of this stage include some bleeding during brushing and flossing. Flossing is important to preventing gum disease. If you aren't flossing, gingivitis may occur and this is why gums might bleed when flossing. It is not the flossing that causes the bleeding but the gingivitis.
This is an early stage of gum disease. At this stage, you can reverse damage as the bone and tissues that hold teeth in place have not aren't harmed yet. This is the perfect time to improve habits to prevent the disease from worsening. At this stage, your Marin County periodontist will work with you to create a plan. That way, you can improve your oral hygiene and keep gingivitis from worsening to one of the other stages of gum disease.
Stages of Gum Disease Marin County, CA  

Stage 2: Periodontitis

During this stage, the bone, fiber, and tissue holding your teeth in place are damaged. During this stage, gums might start to form a pocket belong the gumline where food and plaque become trapped. There is still hope! Help from your San Rafael periodontist and an improved oral hygiene regimen can help prevent more damage.
Stages of Gum Disease Marin County, CA  

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

This is the final stage of gum disease. At this point, the disease destroyed the tissues and bone that support teeth. This causes teeth to shift or become very loose. These impacts can affect your bite and can even lead to teeth falling out or needing removal. Aggressive treatment might improve conditions. But, at this stage, it can be hard to recover from the damage.

How do I know if I have Gum disease?

Gum disease is a problem that can happen at any age, but it usually impacts adults. Luckily, if we catch periodontal disease in its early stages, we can help reverse it. Here are some of the symptoms of gum disease. If you have any of these symptoms, please talk to your Marin County periodontist. We will screen you for periodontal disease and work with you to prevent the problem from growing worse. Symptoms can include:
  • Puffy, swollen, red, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed while brushing or flossing
  • Teeth that are starting to look bigger because gums are receding
  • Gums that are pulling away from teeth
  • Changes to how your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Pus coming from between the teeth and gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • A bad taste in your mouth constantly

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

The good news is that during the early stages of gum disease you can reverse it with good habits. If you start incorporating good oral health, you can prevent plaque from building up. If you have gingivitis, we can work with you to incorporate a good oral hygiene regimen to reverse the gum disease. It is also important to have regular check-ups and cleanings at the dentist. This is important to remove plaque that has built up over time and hardened into tartar. During a professional teeth cleaning, your dentist can remove this buildup. Flossing is also really important. We know that many people struggle to floss daily, but it is one of the most important things to incorporate to prevent gum disease.

Contact Us to Find Out More

Give your Marin county periodontist a call to schedule an appointment. If you have any questions about gum disease and how to prevent it, do not hesitate to ask us questions. We are happy to help! Drs. Seda, a periodontist located in Marin County, CA, service patients from Marin County, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross, San Anselmo, and San Francisco. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!


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