Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. If left unresolved, it can easily advance into periodontitis. Once gum disease reaches this stage, it can have very serious implications to your long-term oral health and can also be related to other medical conditions.
Long-term tartar buildup near the gum line can cause your gums to pull back from your teeth. This creates pockets in your gums near the root of your teeth that can harbor bacterial infection. Over time, this causes inflammation in the gum tissue and even systemic inflammation that can impact your immune system. If left untreated, periodontitis can even cause bone loss in your jaw bone where your teeth are anchored.
Improving your oral hygiene regimen will certainly help keep periodontitis from advancing. However, in most cases, it’s simply not enough to completely treat it. Some cases require surgical intervention or prescription medication. If you have developed periodontitis, you will need some level of professional care to affect a total return to healthy gums.
Your dentist or periodontist can advise you on your treatment options and long-term effects.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gingivitis or periodontitis, please feel free to call us at 410.486.3898 to schedule an appointment.