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PICTURES OF STAGES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Periodontal (gum disease) is a condition in which bacteria attack the tissues that surround and support your tooth causing tooth loss.

Calculus, pus, infection...mr gross mouth! 
Calculus, infection, pus and disease

1st Stage of periodontal disease          Gingivitis: is the earliest stage of gum disease:
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Inflammation of the gums

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Plaque and tartar build up is present at the gum line 

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Gums are red and puffy

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Gums may bleed when you brush or floss

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Bone and fibers holding your teeth in place have not yet been affected. 

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With treatment, gingivitis can be reversed.

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  Reversible damage can be occuring    Periodontitis:   At this stage:
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Plaque has spread to the roots of your teeth

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Infection continues to worsen  

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This infection has damaged the supporting bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place

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Gums may have begun to pull away from your teeth forming a "pocket" below the gum line, which traps food, bacteria, plaque

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Immediate treatment can stop further damage and tooth loss.  

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  Tooth loss occurs     Advanced Periodontitis:  At this final stage of gum disease:
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 The fibers and bone that support your teeth are destroyed causing your teeth to be loose or move.  This movement of your teeth can affect your bite causing other dental problems and if not treated to save these teeth, they may need to be removed to prevent further damage. 

Clinical studies prove that periodontal disease, when left untreated, can result in increased probing depths, loss of attachment, and loss of teeth. A plaque index greater than 70% and smoking were the most predictive factors....the overall result when periodontal disease is left untreated is destruction of the periodontal support apparatus and tooth loss."

Untreated Periodontal Disease - A follow-up on 30 cases. Randall J. Harris, Journal of Periodontology, May 2003

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STAGES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASE

Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth.  Approximately 15 % of adults between 21-50 and 30% of adults over 50 have this disease

 

(pictures by American Academy of Periodontology) 

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