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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious and dangerous condition that can take over your smile and destroy it if you’re not careful. It is a complex disease that consists of two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it starts with the plaque growth on your teeth. If you do not attend your dental cleanings every six months, the plaque will continue to grow and will irritate your gums. When this happens, your gums will likely start to bleed when you brush your teeth and eat food. You might also notice consistent bad breath or a terrible taste in the mouth. If the plaque is still left untreated, it advances into periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the second stage of periodontal disease and it generally involves your gums and bone moving away from your teeth. With this happens, pockets form, which is extremely dangerous because these pockets tend to collect bacteria and debris, causing infection. The plaque will then move below the gumline and will send out toxins and poisons that will start to deteriorate the bone. After some time, your teeth will become loose and they will eventually fall out of the mouth.

If you notice any signs leading to gum disease, like red, swollen, or bleeding gums or even consistent bad breath, our Cascade Dental Care team asks that you call 360-425-8140 as soon as possible and schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Teigen. The sooner you meet with us, the sooner we can restore your oral health. If you’re interested in preventing this disease, please keep up on oral hygiene and your regular dental cleanings and checkups.

Call our office today if you have any questions or if you would like to know more!