Did you know that according to the CDC, almost half of all adults in the U.S. aged 30 or older have some kind of gum disease? That number jumps to 70 percent for adults 65 years and older. You may be surprised to hear just how common it actually is, which means it’s important to take the appropriate steps to stop it from occurring in the first place. But, say you do develop gum disease. You may be wondering if it’s possible to reverse the condition and get back to good oral health. Here’s the scoop!
To better understand whether gum disease is reversible or not, it’s important to understand gingivitis versus periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. This is when your gums become inflamed due to plaque build-up. When gingivitis progresses, it moves to periodontal disease or periodontitis, which can range in severity. If you are still at the initial stages of gingivitis, it is possible to reverse the condition. If, however, you are at the periodontal disease stage, then it cannot be reversed but it still can be slowed down and treated.
To reverse gingivitis, there are few things you can do. For starters, you can make sure you’re following a good brushing and flossing routine at home using the proper tools and techniques. Your dentist or dental hygienist can give you recommendations for this. Speaking of your dental team, the next thing you can do is make sure you’re regularly visiting the dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. If you smoke or chew tobacco, quitting that habit can also help reverse gingivitis.
If you think you may have gum disease and you’re not sure what to do next, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Jack Vayner, DDS, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Fairfield, Connecticut. We do in fact provide periodontal care as part of our dental services, and our team can come up with a customized treatment plan for you depending on the severity of your case. Call or email us today to plan your next visit!
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