Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems.
Gum disease plays a major role in causing tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is an infection that affects the gums and jawbone, which can lead to loss of gum and teeth. There are two major stages, gingivitis and periodontitis.
Even if you don’t notice any symptoms, you may still have some degree of gum disease. In some people, gum disease may affect only certain teeth, such as the molars. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. Periodontitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups can greatly reduce your chance of developing periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the milder and reversible, periodontitis is often more severe. In some cases, gum surgery would be required to reverse the affect of the disease. It is important to visit your dentist routinely.
Only a dentist or a periodontist can recognize and determine the progression of gum disease. If you have any concerns about your gums do make an appointment with our dentist