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What exactly are the differences between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

What exactly are the differences between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gum disease : Gingivitis is an initial form of gum desease and can be reversed with proper treatment, most of the time - just good oral hygiene , periodontitis is chronic, irreversible desease, much like diabetes or high blood pressure... Once you develop it... It doesnot go anywhere, it will continue to destroy your gums and underlying bone that holds your teeth, and you will start loosing your teeth.... ...Read more

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Dr. James Wright
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Periodontitis (Definition)

Periodontitis is a general term for an inflammatory gum disease that has caused some degree of irreversible hard and soft tissue damage. While most treatments will put the disease into remission with rigorous patient home care and there are even some new therapies that can repair some of the damage, it is a major cause of tooth lose! Best to avoid the altogether with regular ...Read more


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What exactly is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

What exactly is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Big difference: Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gums due to an excess of plaque on the teeth. Signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums, or gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth. If left untreated, this will lead to periodontitis which is a more serious gum disease. Some signs of periodontitis include loose\ drifting teeth, gum recession, perio pockets and bone loss, infections & pain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

What is the difference between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

Early /late stages: When you get inflammation of the gum tissues around the teeth , that is gingivitis , when that gingivitis stays untreated, then it turns to periodontitis , which is the inflammation of all the tissues surrounding the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligaments around the teeth roots and the bone sockets of those teeth. ...Read more

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Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

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. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the differences between gingivitis and periodontitis disease?

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an infection of only the gum tissue around the teeth and is reversible with treatment. Periodontitis is where the the bone around the teeth as well as the soft gum tissues have been infected and the bone is being destroyed. Like other chronic diseases this can be treated and controlled but the bone cannot be restored and replaced once it is gone. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

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! ...Read more

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How do I know it is bad gingivitis or periodontitis?

How do I know it is bad gingivitis or periodontitis?

See dentist: Inflammation of the gums ( gingivitis) usually develop from poor oral hygiene , and if left untreated , it turns into periodontitis which is inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth from gums, ligaments and bone of the jaw ...Read more

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How does periodontitis differ from gingivitis? How long does it take to cure them?

Severity: Gingivitis is early easily reversible inflammation/infection. Periodontitis is more advanced/severe/destructive, and is more complex to treat. Best advice, see a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist, for the highest quality, most efficient, treatment available. ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more