Two Degrees Of Gum Disease

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Gum disease is classified according to the extent of damage caused and the severity of the condition. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is mild tissue inflammation and is reversible through regular dental cleanings, flossing and brushing. However, if gingivitis is not addressed early enough, it can turn into periodontitis, which must be treated professionally and may require surgery to fully correct.

Regardless of the stage of gum disease, the overall goal is to treat and control any infection that exists with proper at-home care that includes brushing, flossing and healthy eating; as well as non-surgical procedures like scaling, which scrapes away plaque and tartar, and root planing, which smoothes out parts of the teeth where germs and bacteria tend to collect.

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