Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis
Throughout the day, even the healthiest of dental patients develop a very mild gum inflammation from meals and snacks we consume. This is called gingivitis. Normal oral hygiene habits like brushing, flossing and an antibacterial mouth rinse keep these issues at bay as the days and weeks fly by.
Gingivitis is gum inflammation from the bacteria that is in our mouth, and gum disease, or periodontitis, is bone loss from that same inflammation causing bacteria. In other words, the inflammation becomes so bad over a period of time, that you start harboring bacteria, not normally there, that destroys the bone structure around the teeth.
Gum Disease – Gum disease often goes unnoticed as the signs and symptoms are not always as apparent to you as they would be to a dental professional. It important to maintain regular appointments so both a combination of a thorough visual inspection, as well as the use of diagnostic X-rays can aid the dentist in ensuring you do not have any signs of this prevalent disease.
Signs to look for include redness and swelling of gums, bad breath, sensitivity, and loose teeth. Gum disease has been proven to be linked to more serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Keep in mind that good oral health leads to good overall health.