Perhaps more than any other dental condition, even a cavity, it’s important to discover gum disease in its earliest stages.
In early stages, called gingivitis, it’s easy to eliminate with a simple dental cleaning or a special deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. In more advanced stages, called periodontitis, it’s much more difficult to treat. And it can even cause you to lose teeth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.
How do you know if you have it? Take this quiz and see if you have gum disease symptoms. If you do, call our St. Petersburg, FL dentist office at 727-645-4727 right away. We’ll get rid of it, and Dr. Spilman can even painlessly reshape damaged gums with a laser.