The precursor to periodontal disease is gingivitis. When the bacteria causing gingivitis move into and infect the surrounding
bone, then the condition is referred to as periodontal disease. This infection destroys
the bone supporting your teeth. Gingivitis is reversible, however periodontal disease
is not, and if not stopped can lead to the loss of otherwise healthy teeth. Think
of it as a tree on a riverbank that has had all of the soil washed away from its
roots and falls . . . the tree itself was healthy, but its support was taken away
and the tree is lost nonetheless.
If you notice any of the following signs of periodontal (gum) disease, see your dentist immediately:
Before sealants are placed, the tooth is verfied to be decay (cavity) free. The Diagnodent laser cavity detection device
is often used for this verification.