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Gingivitis or Periodontal Disease?

By Edited Jan 16, 2014 1 0

Unfortunately a lot of people suffer from gum or periodontal disease and aren’t aware of it. People believe that brushing their teeth and seeing blood on their toothbrush is normal, that it’s just gingivitis and will go away with time. But according to a cosmetic dentist, if gingivitis goes untreated it can eventually lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Gingivitis is the build up of plaque along the gum line. This causes the gums to become inflamed and swollen. It also may sometimes cause your gums to bleed. Gingivitis becomes periodontal disease when the gum line starts to recede from the roots causing them to be exposed. This area starts to build up in bacteria and becomes infected causing the roots to be destroyed. With the teeth no longer anchored in place, tooth loss is inevitable.

Bad breath can be a sign of more than just eating onions or garlic. In fact, chronic halitosis could be a sign that you are suffering from gum disease. The growth of the bacteria in your mouth produces acid, which can cause bad breath. If you have bad breath it’s important to find out where it is coming from in order to see if you have gum disease.  

When you brush your teeth and your gums bleed, this is a sign of gingivitis. But gingivitis turns into gum disease when the teeth and gums become infected with bacteria. If your teeth are bleeding from either touching them, brushing them or flossing them, then you could be suffering from periodontal disease.

Another common symptom of periodontal disease is the color of your gums. If your gums are red or purple then your gums might be infected with bacteria. Healthy gums are bright pink in color.

If you have loose teeth, then that could also be a sign that you are suffering from gum disease. Gums begin to recede from the roots when there is too much plaque around the gum line. This causes the roots to become exposed. If the roots become exposed your teeth can become loose and eventually fall out. 

Also exposed roots can lead to sensitive teeth. The roots are susceptible to many stimuli such as cold air, hot drinks and cold foods. If you have sensitive teeth you might be experiencing gum disease.

 If you are experiencing gingivitis, mild gum bleeding, or sensitive teeth, then contact a cosmetic dentist.  Learning the early warning signs of gum disease can prevent you from losing your teeth. 

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