Types of Gum Disease

There are two different types of gum diseases. Gum disease is no joke. They can ruin your perfect smile within a matter of time. That is why it is vital that you brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent any gum disease. Visiting us at our Broomfield dental office to get a thorough cleaning will help prevent disease.

Gingivitis

Types of Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease): Gingivitis and PeriodontitisGingivitis is a form of gum disease, but it is the least worrisome form of periodontal disease. This gum disease will make your gums swollen, red, and they will bleed easily. You will notice this when you brush your teeth and your gums bleed right afterwards, but you will not have any pain or discomfort.

Gingivitis is frequently caused by your poor oral hygiene. However, gingivitis can be treated. You will need to visit the dentist, get a deep cleaning, and keep up with a good oral hygiene when returning home.

Along with bad oral hygiene, there are many factors that can cause it. If you have HIV, diabetes, or are pregnant, you are also at risk for gingivitis; however, have no fear it, it’s very common. You will just need to visit a dentist quickly to get it treated.

Periodontitis

If you do not treat your gingivitis, it can lead to periodontitis. If you have poor oral hygiene, plaque tends to sit on your teeth near your gum line. Well, with time, the plaque irritates your gums.  In return, this makes your teeth and gums break down. Eventually your teeth will fall out as the disease carries on. Yes, I said it; your teeth will eventually fall out.  This entire disease is not a joking matter because it is your teeth that are in danger.

However, you should know there are many different forms of periodontitis. Today, we will go over the most common ones.

The first form of periodontitis is known as aggressive periodontitis. This occurs in patients who are healthy. However all patients have rapid attachment loss along with bone destruction and familial aggregation.

The second form of periodontitis is known as chronic periodontitis. This happens with the teeth that have progressive bone loss and attachment. This happens to be the most common form of periodontitis and is majorly characterized by pocket formation from the gingiva. This can happen at any age. While the progression can be slow, it does have some rapid periods too.

Just remember you can get gum disease at any age. It is vital that you get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year because it will remove the plaque that can cause gingivitis. If your dentist tells you that you have gingivitis, you will need to practice good oral hygiene or you can be at risk for periodontal disease that will cause your teeth to fall out. Visit us at our Aurora or Broomfield dental offices to keep up on your oral health.

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