Key Differences Between Gingivitis and Gum Disease

Monday, January 30, 2017
In the medical world, gingivitis and gum disease are typically used interchangeably. However, it is important to understand that these two things are two distinct diseases. So, what is the difference between them?
Gingivitis refers to the condition where your gums are inflamed due to excessive plaque build up on your teeth. Some common signs of gingivitis is your gums appearing swollen or red and that bleed when you brush your teeth. 
Gum Disease
In comparison, gum disease is gingivitis that has developed into a more serious disease. One key difference between gingivitis and gum disease is your teeth appearing longer. This is due to your gums receding creating areas where additional plaque and tartar can build up in your mouth. 
How do you know which you have? 
There are several indicators that can help you determine if you have gingivitis or gum disease. First, age is a key indicator. It is rare for teens to have developed gum disease but can happen. Second, if you experience pain while you chew, this can be a sign that your gingivitis has developed into gum disease. Third, if you have gum disease, your teeth may feel loose. Last but not least, if you notice that you always have bad breath, you may be suffering from gum disease.
In our next blog post, Dr. Lechner in Delaware, OH will explore what the best treatment options are for both gingivitis and gum disease. Both can be treated, but treatment should start ASAP. If you think you might have gingivitis or gum disease, you should see a dentist or periodontist sooner rather than later. Dr. Lechner is always welcoming new patients and wants you to have a healthy smile. Feel free to contact us today in order to schedule an appointment.

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