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By now the chances are good you’ve heard of gum disease and gingivitis. Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gingivitis and it can have very serious implications to your long term oral health as well as other medical conditions.

Over time plaque buildup develops into tartar. Once this starts the chances increase that your gum tissue will start to pull back from your teeth. This exposes pockets in your gums that give bacteria access to previous protected gum tissue. Left unchecked this infection can cause system inflammation that stresses your overall immune system. It can also cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw.

While improvements in your oral hygiene regimen will help keep periodontitis from advancing, in most cases it cannot cure it. Complete treatment of periodontitis will require help from your dentist or periodontist.

Your dentist or periodontist can advise you on your treatment options they can also help you understand some of the long term effects. This will include alterations in your oral hygiene regimen and might also call for the use of antibiotics.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease, please feel free to call us at 760.433.0393 to schedule an appointment.

If you are concerned that gingivitis has advanced to periodontitis and you would like to get a better understanding of your treatment options, please feel free to call us at 760.433.0393 to schedule an appointment