Plaque is a sticky, colorless biofilm that attaches to teeth. If not removed, it will harden over time to form calculus. And the bacteria in dental plaque releases toxins. As a result of these toxins, your body’s protective inflammatory response causes deterioration of the supporting gums and bones that stabilize your teeth. If the bacterial plaque remains, then the irreversible loss of bone occurs.
Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, is associated with inflamed gums but without bone loss around the teeth. It is reversible with proper effective home care and routine professional dental cleanings in Chesterfield, MO with your hygienist.
Gingivitis that is not treated will progress to more severe periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing treatment is indicated to treat the more serious forms of gum disease known as periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is the milder and more treatable form of periodontal disease, while periodontitis is the more serious form that develops if gingivitis is not treated. Untreated periodontal disease destroys the structures holding the teeth in place and can result in tooth loss.
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