you ever told you that you have inflamed gums (gingivitis) or gum disease, but
you feel that your condition persists even though you continue to have regular
cleanings? If left untreated, gingivitis
can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Most adults are not aware that they have
periodontitis, since there is usually very little or no pain associated with
between Gingivitis and Periodontitis
is a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, bleeding,
redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums. You should know that healthy gums should never
bleed. Bleeding is a sign of
inflammation and a signal that your gums are not healthy.
is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone
that supports your teeth. As the
inflammation present in gingivitis becomes more severe, its progression to
periodontitis can cause loss of bone around teeth and gum recession. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth
loss in adults The inflammation and infection associated with
periodontitis has also been associated with persistent bad breath and growing
evidence has linked periodontitis to other chronic inflammatory diseases such
as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic respiratory
infections and other serious health problems.
We now know that some individuals are genetically susceptible to
periodontitis as well as some of these other chronic inflammatory diseases.
you are concerned that your gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis, Dr.
Clem and Dr. Yen will be able to better evaluate your current condition and
guide you with which options are available to restore your periodontal and