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A 43-year-old member asked:

How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Gums or bone: Gingivitis is just in the gums. Periodontitis is an infection of the gums and bone supporting the teeth.
Dr. Zahid Ahmed
Dentistry 12 years experience
Clinical: Simple difference is that periodontitis has gingival attachment loss due to the loss of bone. Both are inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis doesn't have attachment loss. This is something your dentist or periodontist can diagnose and treat for you.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
dentistry - Periodontics 25 years experience
Attachment loss: Gingivitis is soft tissue only, periodontitis involves attachment loss and bone loss. The best way to determing which it is is to see a periodontist for an examination and images. Don't wait for it to hurt!
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 31 years experience
Dental exam: Gingivitis means your gums are inflammed but if it progresses deeper and the bacteria gets into the jawbone, you have periodontitis, you may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth; but the only sure diagnosis is from a periodontal exam and x-rays with your dentist.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How do you tell the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 23 years experience
See a dentist: The difference is bone loss. Gingivitis is with out bone loss while periodontitis is with bone loss. You should see a dentist to see which you have because it is very important to stop both.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about gingivitis?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 24 years experience
Gum inflammation: In an early stage of gum disease, gingival tissue is swollen and is termed gingivitis. This will occur as plaque accumulated and cause a tissue inflammation and bleeding. Gingivitis can be reverse by good, thorough brushing and flossing in the area. Follow up with a good periodic cleaning every six month preferrably with your dentist. No bone loss or periodontal attachment loss in gingivitis.

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