Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

Is gum disease reversible?

Periodontal (gum disease) is a widespread oral health problem that affects nearly half of all US adults. It is an infection of the gums that can eventually break down the bone that supports your teeth and will not go away on its own. The best ways to avoid gum disease in Fayettville is brushing and flossing conscientiously and visiting Northwest Arkansas Family Dental for teeth cleanings and dental exams.

Early Gum Disease Is Reversible

The first sign of gum disease in Fayettville is bleeding, swollen, or inflamed gums. This stage is called gingivitis.

If your dental hygienist sees signs of gingivitis, she will perform a comprehensive teeth cleaning to remove the germ-filled plaque and tartar buildup. When you follow up at home with conscientious brushing and flossing habits, gingivitis is reversible.

Periodontitis, A Long-Term Disease

If we don't treat early periodontal disease, it progresses to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. At this stage, the infection attacks the bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. 

Periodontitis is a chronic, long-term inflammatory disease and is not reversible, but we can treat it. The first step is a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Your dental hygienist removes the plaque and tartar from all your tooth surfaces above and below the gum line. 

The roots of your teeth will be smoothed so as your gums heal, so they can more easily reattach to the teeth. Along with improved oral hygiene and more frequent dental cleanings, we can control periodontitis.

Schedule a Dental Cleaning and Exam Today

If you think you have gum disease, call our Fayetteville dental office. The faster we address it, the better the odds that we can treat and eliminate it.

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