There is a reason that dentists always say to regularly brush your teeth – and one of those reasons is gingivitis. Gingivitis is also known as gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that could in time, result in tooth loss. Gingivitis in time, turns into

periodontal disease. To prevent both types of gum disease, you should always brush your teeth and remove as much plaque as possible. If you allow the plaque to build up, gum disease will normally be the result.

During this stage of gingivitis, there is no loss of bone structure. You can help to prevent gingivitis though, through flossing and brushing at least twice, daily. If you have gingivitis and you don’t do something about it, it could lead to periodontal disease. Those who don’t treat gingivitis or those who keep poor oral hygiene habits, will normally end up with periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a condition in which the bone and surrounding structures are destroyed. Even though this form of mouth disease cannot be reversed, you can put a stop to its progression by going to your dentist on a regular basis and brushing your teeth a few times day. Periodontal disease is a serious condition, which is why you should always try to stop the progression.

If you end up noticing your gums are swollen and sensitive or bleed when brushed, you should seek dental attention at your earliest convenience. With the help of a dentist during this time, they can help you resolve your pain with treatment, or recommend a periodontist to further aid in your gingivitis progression. Keep in mind that plaque doesn’t need to be visible or detected in order for periodontal disease to be diagnosed. To determine if you have periodontal disease, you’ll need to have your dentist examine you on a regular basis. Your dentist can perform tests on your gums and your teeth, to determine if you have it. If you do have periodontal disease, your dentist can tell you how to stop the progression and prevent things from getting any worse than they already are.

If you feel as if these are symptoms you are feeling or words you have heard in the past about your oral health, set up a consultation with your dentist to get it fixed as soon as possible.