Periodontitis & Gingivitis

Periodontitis & Gingivitis


Service Description

Besides the common cold, dental disease like cavities and gum disease the most prevalent. Over three-fourths of the population over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease, but the majority does not realize it.

Periodontitis is a disease process that, if left untreated, leads to irreversible bone damage, and tooth loss. There are several stages of gum disease. If detected early it can be controlled.

Gingivitis is an inflammation or swelling of the gums, while ‘periodontitis’ or gum disease means there is an actual infection in the gums. Gingivitis is often a first sign/stage that gum disease may develop. Symptoms include:

  • bright red or purple gums.
  • tender gums that may be painful to the touch.
  • bleeding from the gums when brushing or flossing.
  • halitosis, or bad breath.
  • inflammation, or swollen gums.
  • receding gums.
  • soft gums.

Researchers studying periodontitis believe that toxins from aggressive bacteria in the gums pass into the bloodstream to affect the heart. Daily flossing, brushing, and recare visits arc prevention-oriented techniques again disease. Symptoms include:

  • gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
  • bad breath
  • changes in the position of your teeth or loose teeth
  • receding gums
  • red, tender, or swollen gums
  • buildup of plaque or tartar on your teeth
  • pain when chewing
  • tooth loss
  • foul taste in your mouth
  • inflammatory response throughout your body

During your recare visits with our hygienist we will continue to assist you in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay. Individual customized recommendations regarding mouth rinses, toothpastes, oral hygiene needs, bone changes, gum tissue contour and color, and bleeding sites will be given. The need for Actisite placement and/or additional therapy visits to slow down arrest, or monitor the status of the gum disease process may be recommended.
Healthy gum tissue does not bleed during brushing and flossing.

Schedule your preventive recare visit with us today at (586) 574-3050.