The Differences Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis

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Gum disease is a very complex dental issue that can leave many confused and puzzled. If you are one who doesn’t quite understand the disease, our Ken Caryl Dental Center team is happy to help you! First, we would like to explain that the disease involves two different stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. These stages are very different and you can learn more about them by reading the following information:

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it develops when the plaque on your teeth is left untreated. As the plaque grows, it begins to irritate your gums, making them red, swollen, and tender. You might also experience persistent bad breath and bleeding gums often. If the plaque is still left untreated, periodontitis forms.

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease and it involves your gums pulling away from your teeth. When this happens, pockets form and they collect debris and bacteria each day. These substances infect your gums and oral health. Then, the plaque moves underneath the gumline and attacks the underlying bone with its toxins. As time goes on, your teeth will become loose and they will eventually fall out of your mouth.

These stages are both very dangerous. They can destroy your smile if you let them, and we never want that to happen. So, if you ever notice any symptoms of gum disease, we ask that you please call 303-933-2273 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan Goral immediately. The sooner we catch the disease, the better. We look forward to helping you!