Gum Disease, Officially Known as Gingivitis
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Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, has four stages: gingivitis is the first stage, followed by slight periodontal disease, moderate periodontal disease, and advanced periodontal disease. If left untreated, the inflammation in your gums eventually finds its way to the bone structures that support your teeth. So, if your gums are constantly sore, bleed easily, or look swollen, those may be signs you may be at the early stages of gum disease. Luckily gingivitis is highly preventable, simply requiring good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist to avoid altogether. Talk to a Perfect Smiles dentist today to restore your gums to perfect health.