Difference between Gingivitis and Periodontitis
What’s the difference?
The early stage of gum disease is called GINGIVITIS. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
Advanced gum disease is called PERIODONTITIS. At this stage there is already loss of the tissues that support the teeth including the bone and it can become more severe over time if it is not treated.
This type is not reversible and you may feel your teeth move in your mouth due to loss of support.
It is possible to have this disease and not have warning signs. This is the reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal exams are very important.
Treatment methods depend on the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Your dentist can design a treatment plan to help you keep your teeth in your mouth.