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You may have seen a picture of periodontal disease where a patient lost all of their teeth or where many of the teeth are missing or largely rotted out. The positive news is that this isn’t always the case with gum disease, and that if you’re vigilant, you can reverse the effects of early stages of periodontal disease.

Lost pearly whites and damaged bones occur when gum disease is in its latter phases, such as aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis. By these stages, the gums have become so inflamed that they may form pouches large enough to loosen the tooth sockets to the point of falling out. However, in the earlier stages of periodontal disease, gums are less inflamed, so the pockets haven’t fully grown and your pearly whites most likely won’t fall out. You can reverse this type of periodontal disease by visiting your dentist often and brushing and flossing at least daily. With some great oral hygiene habits in place and after a professional cleaning, your gums will be healthier and stronger and your teeth will be tightly anchored.

You can get ahold of the team at Celenza, Frank DDS, PC in New York, New York, at 212-327-2623 now to arrange your next checkup with Dr. Frank Celenza. We’ll be more than happy to help you and your loved ones with whatever cavities or gum disease problems you may be experiencing.