Difference Between Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

Gingivitis is a condition where the gums are red and a bit swollen. They’re irritated due to bacteria and gums may feel inflamed or bleed when brushing. Regular checkups will reveal this condition to your dentist. You can begin to take better care of your teeth. Brush more often. Get regular cleanings. Flossing can prevent the buildup of plague.

If this condition is left unchecked, it can turn into Periodontitis. This condition is harmful to both teeth and gums because it damages the gums and weakens teeth. Periodontal disease will begin to develop. There’s no known cure for this. Your teeth may eventually get loose and pull away from the gums.

The dentist will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between teeth and gums. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease. These include:

Bridges that no longer fit properly

Smoking or using chewing tobacco

Certain medications like steroids, oral contraceptives, cancer drugs and anti-epilepsy drugs

Bridges that no longer fit properly


Old fillings

Crooked teeth

One of the first symptoms you may notice is bad breath. Another is bleeding gums. As soon as you feel you have a problem, see your dentist.

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Article provided by Elite Dental Group. Dr. Andre Eliasian is one of the best Dentists in Glendale, CA. Services include wisdom tooth extraction in Glendale, dental implants, tooth whitening and oral surgery in Glendale CA. If you are in Glendale, Burbank or neighboring cities call for an appointment.