Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that mostly comes as a result of poor oral hygiene.

When the bacteria in the mouth spreads and grows, it can attack the gums. The moment the gums are attacked, your teeth suffer the consequences. That's because the root of the tooth is debilitated which can result in tooth loss.

Gum disease can be prevented by practicing a good oral health routine, this includes periodical visits to the dentist for prevention check-ups.

The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. The signs of gingivitis are: red and swollen gums, tooth sensitivity, and gums that bleed easily. 

If you notice any of these signs or any other discomfort in your gums and teeth, schedule an appointment with your Denver dentist.

But what happens if you’ve already developed periodontal disease? Is there treatment? More specifically, can you reverse it and not risk losing your natural tooth?

Can I Reverse Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease can be reversed and treated when it is detected on time. That’s why it is important to see your dentist as soon as you notice the first symptoms. 

The early stages of gum disease can be reversed with good oral hygiene and healthy habits. The treatment for gum disease depends on how much the condition has impacted your gums and roots. The treatment is also influenced by how much damage the condition has caused to the bone structure and the tissues that are supporting the tooth.

Causes for Periodontal Disease

This condition is caused by the bacteria in your mouth that has already started to stick to your teeth and grow up to the gums. Let’s see what can cause gum disease:

  • Poor or lack of oral hygiene
  • Hormonal fluctuations 
  • Smoking 
  • Diabetes 
  • Dry mouth (it can also be caused by certain medications)
  • Genetics 

Signs of Periodontal Disease 

Be aware if you start to feel any of these symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Pus 
  • Sensitive gums 
  • Swollen, red, tender gums 
  • Bleeding gums 
  • Pain 
  • Receding gums 
  • Change in teeth placement 
  • Tartar buildup on teeth

The best way to prevent and reverse gum disease is to practice daily oral hygiene, go to regular dentist visits, and if you've already developed it, immediately start treatment with the help of your dentist.

This way, you will avoid losing your natural teeth and having to go through other treatments.

Do You Have Periodontal Disease in Denver? We Can Help! 

Welcome to Poulos & Somers, the practice where we put passion and a lot of hard work into improving the dental health of our patients. 

We are committed to providing excellent dental care in a relaxed and welcoming environment. We have an amazing team that takes pride in what they do, and we are happy to provide our services if you think you have gum disease. 

Contact us and schedule an appointment in Denver today!