Posted on June 18, 2018
You may have seen a picture of periodontal disease where a patient lost all of their pearly whites or where many of the teeth are missing or harshly rotted. The positive news is that this isn't always the case with periodontal disease, and that if you're watchful, you can reverse the effects of the early stages of gum disease.
Lost pearly whites and damaged bones occur when gum disease is in its latter stages, like aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis. By these phases, the gums have become so inflamed that they may form sacks vast enough to loosen the tooth sockets to the point of tooth loss. However, in the earlier stages of periodontal disease, gums are less inflamed, so the pockets haven't fully formed and your teeth probably won't fall out. You can reverse this type of periodontal disease by visiting your dentist often and brushing and flossing at least daily. With some good oral hygiene habits in place and after a professional cleaning, your gums will be stronger and your pearly whites will be more tightly anchored.
You can contact William Forero DMD, PA in Coral Springs, Florida, at 954-752-4901 now to arrange your next visit with Dr. William Forero. We'll be happy to help you and your loved ones with whatever cavities or gum disease problems you may be experiencing.