PERIODONTITIS vs GINGIVITIS: WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

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24 Feb 2019

PERIODONTITIS vs GINGIVITIS: WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

Gingivitis also commonly known as periodontitis is an early stage of gum infection that is common in the world. The World Health Organization estimates 3 out of 4 Americans have some form of the bacterial infection, with 15%-20% worldwide developing the severe version of the disease.

Is Gum Disease common?

Despite being preventable, gingivitis is quite common. An estimated 3 out of 4 American adults have gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease.

What are the stages of Gum Disease?

There are four general stages to gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the more serious condition of it.

  • Stage 1: Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and its symptoms include inflamed or red gums that may bleed when brushed.
  • Stage 2:In early Periodontitis, slight loss of bone that supports the teeth occurs even though other symptoms may not be easily observed.
  • Stage 3: In moderate Periodontitis, more bone and gum tissue is destroyed and loosening of teeth may also occur.
  • Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis is the most severe stage of the disease. Symptoms become more severe, teeth can become very loose and biting and chewing may hurt. Extensive dental treatment is typically required to try to correct the damage of advanced Periodontitis.

Periodontitis

The term “Periodontitis” is used to describe the later, more severe stages of gum disease. If gingivitis goes untreated, it can lead to Periodontitis, which carries symptoms and health implications such as receding gums, damage to the bone and connective tissue around teeth, and (in the severe cases) tooth loss. While gingivitis may be treated, the effects of Periodontitis are typically not reversible. It is a chronic, long-term condition that should be addressed with the help of a dental professional.

 

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