|•||Gingivitis. The earliest stage of gum disease manifests as an inflammation of the gums. This is the result of plaque buildup. If left unchecked, the plaque can produce toxins that can irritate the gum tissue, leading to the gums becoming red and inflamed. If you notice some bleeding whenever you brush or floss your teeth, chances are, you may already be suffering from gingivitis. However, the good news is that gum disease in this early stage is still reversible, especially since the bacteria that causes gum disease has yet to affect the bone and its connective tissues.
|•||Periodontitis. If left to progress to this stage, there's already irreversible damage to the supporting bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place. If left to progress even further, pockets may begin to form below the gum line, which can promote the growth of bacteria by trapping food and plaque inside. At this point, your only hope is to prevent further damage by following an improved oral hygiene routine and visiting the dentist much more regularly.
|•||Advanced Periodontitis. This is the last stage of periodontitis and at this point, the teeth are already prone to shifting or becoming loose. This is because the fibers and bone supporting teeth have already been destroyed. The dentist will have to restore to aggressive treatment to save the teeth, but even that won't be enough. If that's the case, the dentist will then have to remove the teeth.|
|•||Receding gums, and longer looking teeth as a result
|•||Pockets forming in your gums, with the gums separating or pulling away from the teeth
|•||Unexplained pus coming from your mouth, namely in between your gums and teeth
|•||Halitosis (Bad Breath)|
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