Gum care (gingivitis vs. periodontitis)
Healthy gums are crucial for your overall health. In fact, gum disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is usually caused by poor dental hygiene, some illnesses like diabetes, or hereditary factors.
Gingivitis is a benign inflammation of the gums that should not be ignored. When left untreated, gingivitis usually leads to periodontitis, whose symptoms include swollen and bleeding gums when brushing.
Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that develop within the periodontal pockets and progressively destroy the tissues surrounding your teeth. When detected early, periodontitis can be treated fairly easily. But, if left untreated, it can require more complex treatments.
Symptoms to watch out for:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Hot and cold sensitivity
- Tooth mobility
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Call us today for an appointment!