Pinnacle Pediatric Dentistry Joi Shaw Morrison, DMD, MSD
3939 Washington Ave,
Suite 240
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-PEDO (7336)

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Teeth 101

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease “gum disease” is an inflammatory lesion caused by bacteria affecting the tissues housing the roots of the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know that your child has it.  Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease.  The two major stages are gingivitis (inflammation of the gingiva or gums where there is no bone loss) and periodontitis (gingival inflammation with bone loss).

At each recall examination, the dental provider will evaluate your child's gingival health and will inform you of any areas of concern.

Gingivitis
Periodontitis

Periodontitis

 


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