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What’s the Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis?

Posted in Gum Disease

Toothpaste advertising often touts anti-gingivitis benefits. Your dentist talks about preventing periodontitis.

Is there a difference between these two words… or are they the same thing?

Gingivitis: The Beginning

Gingivitis is inflammation of gum tissues. Your gums should hug your teeth tightly, but they get rolled, puffy, and red when you develop gingivitis. This inflammatory process is an immune response to plaque bacteria near the gums. You can develop mild gingivitis within a couple weeks of inadequate brushing and flossing.

The good news is that gingivitis is reversible within about 10-14 days with good oral hygiene.

For some people, they never experience anything worse than a little gingivitis. But inflamed gums can also open the door for a much more serious infection.

The Dangers of Periodontitis

Periodontitis refers to the inflammation and immune response in the bone and deeper gum tissues around your teeth. There’s a network of ligaments that attach your gums and teeth to the bone in your mouth. Bacteria can cause them to detach, with the bone shrinking away during the process; unfortunately, the damage is often permanent.

Untreated gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. When periodontitis is left unchecked, it can cause tooth loss.

Do You Have Gingivitis or Periodontitis?

Gingivitis and periodontitis can share some of the same symptoms:

  • Smelly breath (periodontitis is often worse)
  • Bleeding on brushing and flossing
  • Tender, swollen gums
  • Teeth yellowed from plaque and tartar buildup

Gingivitis may be a less serious infection, but the symptoms are often so similar that you can’t afford to ignore any sign of gum inflammation.

Get to a dentist right away if you notice any signs of bleeding, swollen gums. A periodontal evaluation may be just what you need to prevent the consequences of gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224


Why is My Breath so Horrible?

Posted in Bad Breath

When you’ve tried different breath-freshening products time and again, it can be so frustrating to have persistent bad breath. The reason you still struggle is that bad breath cannot be effectively masked. It must be treated at the source -and you just might have your gums to thank for that!

What Do My Gums Have to Do with This?

Bad breath is typically the result of bacteria in the mouth creating an odor. The more you let bacteria grow, the stinkier your breath gets. So poor oral hygiene is a common cause of bad breath.

But it can get worse.

Plaque bacteria that is not flossed and brushed away will eventually cause gums to get inflamed and break down. This is called periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis is what happens when your gums become infected because of bacteria. This process can create some very strong and unique smells.

Fight Back!

It’s never too late to improve your oral hygiene routine. In fact, by making some adjustments to your routine, you can prevent gum disease from affecting you in the first place. However, you can’t do this alone. You need to have your gums assessed for signs of disease. This is where the dental expert comes in. A professional dental cleaning will give you a clean slate to work with.

Fresh Breath: A Sign of Health

Don’t forget to schedule a tooth and gum consultation with your local dentist. The sooner you take action, the quicker you can get a handle on your breath concerns.

So stop trying to mask the problem. Face it down with a little help and start enjoying a new take on life!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

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