gum-tissue-graftGingivitis and Periodontitis are types of gum disease which can silently destroy your gums and the bone around your teeth.  The difference between these two diseases is that gingivitis just affects the gums whereas periodontitis affects both the gums and the bone support which holds your teeth in place. Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth, above and below the gums and is usually easily treated with a series of professional cleanings.  Periodontitis is a further progression of gum disease which can affect adults of any age and though bacteria are a primary cause, hereditary and life-style factors play a very important role.  If left untreated, gum disease can cause the premature loss of permanent teeth; that is why it is so important to diagnose either of these diseases as early as possible while treatment can stay conservative.  Many times these entities are painless, so you may not even know that you have them until Dr. Peter has performed a thorough examination of your mouth.  However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Charles Peter in Clearwater, Florida will recommend appropriate treatment routines:

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
  • Red, swollen, or sore gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste that will not go away
  • Receding gums
  • Deep pockets forming between your teeth and gums
  • Loose or drifting permanent teeth
  • A change in your bite

Please contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.