Gum Disease

Jeff Kelley, DDS jakelleydds at
Fri Jun 5 18:53:46 UTC 2009

Greetings from Jeff Kelley, DDS!

Gum Disease

The American Dental Association says that over 75-80% of all adults have or will have some form of gum disease.

Gum disease, more correctly called "periodontal disease," is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It can be divided into several categories.

The first stage is called "gingivitis" and is characterized by gum tissue that is red, puffy, and bleeds easily when touched with a toothbrush, floss or dental instrument.

The second, third, and fourth stages are initial, moderate, and advanced "periodontal disease," respectively. These stages are different from gingivitis because the infection has destroyed the bone supporting the teeth, causing eventual tooth loss. The treatment is more involved at these stages, usually consisting of a special cleaning with anesthesia and sometimes gum surgery.

If you have questions regarding gum disease, please call our office at (817)877-1651 or email us at jakelleydds at today.

Best Regards,
Jeff Kelley, DDS

P.S. If you have any friends or family members who you feel could use our services, please don't hesitate to have them call us. We'll be sure to take good care of them.

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