When you're told you have gum disease, one of the first things you're likely to want to know is if it's reversible. The good news is that gum disease is reversable if you catch it early.
If you don't come and see us regularly, it's possible that your gum disease will advance to the point that it's not as easily dealt with. At that point, you may have lost teeth to the disease or may be dealing with a major infection.
What Is Gum Disease?
The reason why gum disease is generally reversable is because it's caused by an infection. When bacteria get into your gums, the body responds by attempting to destroy them. This results in inflammation, pain, and other signs.
This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and can be fully reversed with antibiotics combined with good dental habits. In some cases, you may be able to stop mild gingivitis simply by practicing better oral health habits such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash to help get bacteria off of your teeth and gums. You need to make certain you're using a good toothbrush, floss daily, and aren't dealing with something such as dry mouth. Having a good diet, not smoking, and controlling other health conditions such as diabetes also helps prevent gum disease.
More Severe Gum Disease
If your gum disease has progressed beyond gingivitis, it can be more difficult to reverse. You will certainly need to come see us for professional cleanings and help dealing with the infection. It's likely by this point that you're looking at potential tooth loss, and your gums may have receded to the point that the roots of some of your teeth have become exposed.
Fortunately, even with those issues, we can still get the disease under control and restore your oral health. If you're concerned that you have gingivitis or gum disease, it's always best to come in for a checkup. The earlier we can catch it, the better! Give us a call today to schedule a visit.