Gibson Dental

Is gum disease reversible?

Early gum disease or gingivitis is reversible with treatment from a skilled dental hygienist. However, without treatment for gingivitis, gum disease progresses to the advanced stage called periodontitis, which can be managed and controlled but not reversed. 

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is widespread and affects nearly half of US adults over age 30. One reason is that many don’t recognize the symptoms and don’t seek treatment. Some gum disease symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Bleeding when brushing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums

As gum disease advances to periodontitis, it attacks the bone and ligaments that hold teeth in place. Symptoms include all of the above and loose teeth, pain when chewing, and eventually, tooth loss.

We Can Help Prevent Gum Disease

Fortunately, gum disease is highly preventable, but it requires a team effort. You may not notice mild symptoms of gum disease, but your hygienist will. 

To prevent gum disease, you do your part by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. Your hygienist follows up with thorough teeth cleanings every six months to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup that your brush and floss miss. 

Are You Due for a Teeth Cleaning?

Our amazing hygiene team offers teeth cleanings to help our patients avoid gum disease. If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, they offer periodontal treatment and cleanings that they will tailor to your specific needs.

Please call our Madison, AL, dental office to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment. 

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