Fighting Gum Disease - San Marcos
Gum disease progresses over time. The damage caused by this disease keeps getting more destructive. As our San Marcos dentist explains, fighting gum disease helps teeth last longer and helps the overall health of the patient. The color and appearance of the gums tell a lot about how healthy the gums are.
Gingivitis: Puffy, Bleeding Gums
Gum disease in its beginning stages is referred to as gingivitis. The plaque irritates the gums around the necks of the teeth. This constant irritation leaves the gums looking swollen, red and puffy. Young adults and teens are typically the most common group affected by gingivitis. But that's not to say that gum disease has an age limit. It can start anytime in life depending on the hygiene.
Gingivitis: Reversible Damage, For Now
How does gingivitis look close up. The following are pictorial renditions of gingivitis and how it compares with a healthy mouth. The first image is the healthy tooth. Second image is gingivitis attacking the gums. the third picture shows how gingitis would look compared to healthy gums on the same tooth.
If gingivitis is neglected and not taken seriously, it progresses to early periodontitis.