Periodontal Diseases
Gingivitis and Periodontitis

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis means “inflammation of the gingiva (gums)”. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria in plaque that can irritate the gums. Gingivitis is a reversible disease, which can be prevented, by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and regular six month dental visits.

What are signs of Gingivitis?

  • Gums appear red/swollen
  • Gums are tender
  • Gums may bleed easily

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis means “inflammation around the supporting structures of the teeth”. This includes the gums, bone and ligaments that support the teeth in the tooth socket. Bone loss occurs, which can cause mobile teeth and tooth loss. Periodontal disease is an irreversible disease that is caused by certain bacteria in the mouth that replicates at a faster pace. If you are diagnosed with Periodontitis, it’s recommended to have more frequent dental visits (every three months), to remove that bacteria, and prevent any further destruction of the supporting structures of your teeth and gums. There are many contributing factors that can lead to the severity of this disease that our dental professionals can discuss with you. Some examples include: smoking, systemic diseases and poor oral habits. This disease can be costly, and it’s important to stress how oral hygiene homecare plays an important role. If you have Periodontitis, Sardina Dental Group will provide treatment options, and help support/educate you on this disease process.

What are signs of Periodontitis?

  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Pus
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Mobile teeth
  • Teeth appear longer

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