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Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis: What's the Difference?

January 29, 2022
Posted By: Toronto Lakeshore Dental
woman smiling in dental chair after periodontal treatment

Just like your house has a strong foundation, so do your teeth, and it happens to be your gums. Without healthy gums, your teeth are in jeopardy and could be at risk for problems like tenderness when you're chewing, gums that bleed, and even tooth loss in severe cases.

The good news is that gum disease is highly preventable, especially if you know the signs. Here's what you should know about gum disease treatment in Etobicoke.

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it can be challenging to diagnose this stage on your own because there are very few signs and symptoms in the beginning. Some of the symptoms to be aware of if you're suffering from gingivitis are:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Gums that appear red, swollen, or irritated
  • Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing or a mouth rinse

If you notice these symptoms, schedule a preventive teeth cleaning and checkup with your Etobicoke dentist as soon as you can. Your dentist can detect gingivitis right away. The earlier we can diagnose it, the better you can manage and sometimes even reverse it with thorough professional teeth cleaning and upgrades to your home care routine.

Your biannual teeth cleanings and checkups with your dentist combined with an excellent home care routine of daily brushing and flossing are your best line of defence against gum disease.

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. If you suffer from periodontitis, you may find that you have discomfort when you're biting or chewing food, or your teeth may be starting to feel mobile.

Patients with periodontitis need a deep teeth cleaning that reaches below the gumline to remove the tartar and plaques causing their infection. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotic therapy to fight the infection. Severe cases of periodontitis may require gum surgery that Dr. Joo can perform here in our Etobicoke dental office.

Contact Our Etobicoke Dental Office

Don't wait to schedule an appointment at Toronto Lakeshore Dental if you've noticed any of the signs of gum disease. The quicker we can treat you, the better your prognosis will be.