Platte Canyon Dental
Dr. Christina Linn, DMD

What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontal disease?

Gum disease is a serious problem that affects nearly half of all US adults over the age of thirty. At Platte Canyon Dental, we provide education for our patients to help them avoid the need for gum disease treatment at our Littleton dental office.

Gingivitis is a gum infection that occurs when plaque and bacteria are not removed regularly from your teeth and gums. Common signs of gingivitis are inflamed, swollen or tender gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss.

Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a serious infection that affects not only your gums but also attacks the bone that supports your teeth. Untreated periodontal disease will ultimately lead to tooth loss.

Gum disease takes a toll on your oral health. Numerous studies indicate that there is a connection between chronic gum infections and systemic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even pregnancy complications.

At Platte Canyon Dental, we provide all the preventive services your family needs to keep your mouth healthy and free of disease. Aside from conscientious oral hygiene, dental exams and professional cleanings are your best bet for avoiding problems like gum disease and decay.

If you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, please call our Littleton dental office to arrange a teeth cleaning with our trained hygienist. He or she will check for signs of gum disease and clean your teeth thoroughly.

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