Periodontal Treatment

Beckwith Family Dental Care in Grand Rapids, MI has been providing periodontal disease treatment for over 30 years. Periodontitis is something you can prevent by practicing good oral hygiene. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease occurs in three stages:

3 Stages of Gum Disease

Stage 1: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums that is the result of plaque buildup along the gumline. Plaque needs to be removed everyday through brushing and flossing otherwise it produces toxins that will irritate gum tissue. At this early stage the damage can be reversed because bone and tissue that are responsible for keeping teeth in place are not affected.

Stage 2: Periodontitis

This second stage of gum disease occurs when bones and fibers that support teeth and keep them in place are damaged beyond repair. Gums typically will begin to form pockets underneath the gumline. These pockets are prone to trapping food and plaque. The only way to stop this damage from spreading is to receive treatment from your local dentist or periodontist.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

This is considered the final stage of gum disease. In this stage, the fibers and bone that support teeth are destroyed, causing your teeth to loosen and shift. Overtime, this will begin to affect your bite and will require aggressive treatment to prevent tooth loss.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Puffy, red, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums during flossing and brushing
  • Receding gums that make you teeth look longer
  • Pockets that are due to gums separating and pulling away from teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together/changes to your bite
  • Pus coming from pockets in between your teeth and gums
  • Persistent bad breath paired with a bad taste in your mouth

If you have noticed any of these signs of gum disease, contact Beckwith Family Dental Care at (616) 459-0478 to schedule your appointment with our experienced dentists and hygienists.