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Although nearly half of Americans have some form of periodontal disease, many are not aware that postponing treatment puts them at a greater risk for a number of serious health issues. In addition to wreaking havoc on your oral health, gum disease has also been linked to stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Recent studies reveal that a history of gum disease may increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 64%. As your gum disease progresses, you may need a bleeding gum cure or bad breath treatment to alleviate those symptoms and restore the health and functionality of your mouth.


Periodontitis Progression

Gum disease does not happen overnight. Permanent damage can be avoided with early intervention, so gaining a better understanding of how periodontitis progresses may be useful in preventing it from reaching the point where either traditional surgery or a gum surgery alternative like the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure is necessary.

1. Gingivitis. In the first stage of periodontitis, the gums become infected when plaque hardens into tartar. These calculus deposits create a breeding ground for bacteria to flourish and infect the gums. The gums may become inflamed and bleeding while brushing is common, as is bad breath. Treatment at this juncture may entail dental cleanings and regular brushing and flossing. In the early stage, these noninvasive treatments can usually reverse the damage.

2. Periodontitis. Left untreated, your symptoms will progress beyond bleeding gums. The cure required to eradicate your periodontitis will be more invasive because the damage to your supporting bones and fibers that occurs by this stage is permanent. The periodontal pockets deepen, forming a hollow area that traps food and bacteria and creating chronic bad breath. If treatment is not sought out immediately, gum recession will worsen and tooth loss will more than likely occur.

3. Advanced Periodontitis. If gum disease is allowed to reach the advanced stage, bone loss continues and the periodontal pockets deepen even further, often filling with pus and creating gaps that may cause teeth to loosen and fall out. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove teeth to prevent the infection from spreading, but a gum surgery alternative like LANAP® can potentially help patients keep their natural teeth.


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