Gingivitis, also known as early stage gum disease, is inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Bacteria in plaque and calculus can irritate and damage the gums by causing inflammation and infection. Gingivitis can be treated successfully when you remove the plaque and calculus with professional cleanings by a dental hygienist. Daily brushing, flossing, and using an ADA endorsed mouthwash is also required to treat gingivitis.
Periodontitis, also known as advanced stage gum disease, is irreversible damage to the teeth, gums, and bone that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by longstanding, untreated, plaque and calculus deposits on teeth. As gum inflammation and infection get worse, the following signs and symptoms can result: red swollen bleeding gums, bad breath, gum recession, sensitivity, cavities, abscesses, infection of the tooth pulp requiring root canal, loose and unstable teeth, and eventually loss of teeth.
Periodontitis can be treated when you remove the plaque and calculus with professional cleanings by a dental hygienist or referral to a Periodontist (gum specialist). Daily brushing, flossing, interproximal cleaning, and using an ADA endorsed mouthwash is also required to treat periodontitis.
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