Periodontal disease is characterized by the slow recession of the gums. Because there is often little discomfort in the beginning stages of periodontal disease, it is important to have regular dental checkups to ensure your gums are healthy. Untreated plaque is one of the major reasons patients suffer with this disease, which is why dental cleanings are so important.
If periodontal disease is left untreated, it could lead to shifting and lost teeth, and gingivitis. Gingivitis is mild gum inflammation that can spread below the gum line. Once it spreads, it causes chronic inflammation that slowly breaks down the bone and soft tissue.
It is important to detect and treat periodontal disease early. See your dentist for your regular exams and cleanings, maintain healthy oral habits, and know the symptoms. If you suspect you might have periodontal disease, please make an appointment with Dr. Lawton or Dr. Manchester today.
Here are a few types of periodontal disease:
- Chronic periodontitis
- Aggressive periodontitis
- Necrotizing periodontitis
- Periodontitis caused by systemic disease
To learn more about the different types of periodontal disease, we invite you to contact Northwest Center for Prosthodontics at 360-459-4400. We care about your oral health needs and look forward to keeping your gums healthy!