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Does gum disease always develop into periodontal disease if people don't look after their teeth?

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Dr. Greg Rubin
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Always...

Gum disease is a common name for periodontal disease.
It is chronic disease, like diabetes , arthritis, high blood pressure etc.. Once you get it- it is forever...Early signs may be gums bleeding, bad breath, later you may get teeth moving and, if neglected- you may loose teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria, there is some genetic predisposition also. So, my advise is: do not wait ..!

In brief: Always...

Gum disease is a common name for periodontal disease.
It is chronic disease, like diabetes , arthritis, high blood pressure etc.. Once you get it- it is forever...Early signs may be gums bleeding, bad breath, later you may get teeth moving and, if neglected- you may loose teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria, there is some genetic predisposition also. So, my advise is: do not wait ..!
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Likely

..Infection in the gum that surrounds teeth. Unattended infection can spread to the teeth and cause periodontal disease. Eating healthy foods (non gmo, organic, more fresh foods, variety of foods, less processed and "comfort foods") will help the immune system. Flossing is crucial! if you have gum disease see someone and get it taken care of before it progresses.

In brief: Likely

..Infection in the gum that surrounds teeth. Unattended infection can spread to the teeth and cause periodontal disease. Eating healthy foods (non gmo, organic, more fresh foods, variety of foods, less processed and "comfort foods") will help the immune system. Flossing is crucial! if you have gum disease see someone and get it taken care of before it progresses.
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Dr. James Donley
Gum disease and periodontal disease are almost the same thing. Gum disease is gingivitis and gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. When the gum infection gets into the bone it is the second stage of periodontal disease called periodontitis. Gingivitis (gum disease) turns into periodontitis when you get the bad periodontal bacteria from someone who has periodontitis. This means it is a contagious disease and is also mankinds most prevalent dangerous disease.
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