Gingivitis Precedes Periodontitis

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When it comes to oral healthcare, you not only must be concerned about your teeth, but also about your gums. Bacteria has a clear path into your body through the mouth. This is where bacteria collects and can wreak havoc on your gums. Periodontitis is another name for gum disease and it is often preceded by gingivitis.

This means that correcting gingivitis in a timely manner can keep you from experiencing gum disease:

Inflammation within the Gums

It might not be a favourite past time to brush your teeth and inspect your gums, but it is necessary. Gingivitis is referred to as inflammation of the gums. It begins as plaque on the teeth and around the gums, but as the plaque continue to build up, it worsens. This leads to sensitivity of the gums, inflammation and even bleeding.

Gingivitis primarily impacts the gums. It does not affect teeth or the structure of teeth in any real way. All bone structure of teeth is maintained during the beginning stages of gingivitis. It is simply the gums that are most impacted by this oral disease.

Untreated Gingivitis

Gingivitis does not always result in gum disease or periodontitis. This is only in cases when gingivitis is not treated properly. It is when gum disease occurs that the tooth itself can be impacted. When gingivitis morphs into gum disease, this results in the most inner layer of the gums moving away from the teeth. The result of the moving away from the teeth are pockets. It is within these pockets where food particles can begin causing infections. This means that plaque will only continue to spread and move even lower than the gums.

What Common Causes Are There?

The beginning stages of gingivitis are often caused by poor oral hygiene. Simply not brushing a flossing regularly can lead to inflammation of the gums. Other common causes also include hormonal changes, illness, sugar consumption and specific types of medications. This means that not all causes of gingivitis are completely unavoidable through good oral care. One of the biggest early signs of gingivitis is bad breath. If you notice that your mouth has a foul odor, it is time to take action quickly. This can allow you to avoid periodontitis.

At the first sign of gum irritation and bad breath, you need to have your mouth and gums examined by a professional dentist. This can enable you to avoid being diagnosed with gum disease. Gingivitis always precedes gum disease, but if you correct gingivitis early on it will not morph into periodontitis.


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