So what is gum disease? Dr. Gatgens from Accent Smile Center in Dickson Clarifies:
Gum disease or periodontal disease or periodontitis, whatever you call it, can lead to tooth loss and many other complications and cancers. There are various types of gum disease, so it’s important to know and understand the difference.
According to Dr. Gatgens at Accent Smile Center, gingivitis is the mildest form. Gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, there isn’t much discomfort and no pain. If you have diabetes, if you smoke or have a bad diet, know that those are factors that can contribute to this gum disease. Gingivitis is due to just bad oral hygiene. Dr. Gatgens says just take really good care of your teeth. If you live in the Dickson, Tennessee area, visit Accent Smile for every dental need from teeth cleaning to cosmetic dentistry and more.
Periodontitis is basically untreated gingivitis. When plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, you have this more advanced gum disease. Dr. Gatgens explains that it’s the bacteria that produces toxins and that’s what irritates your gums. Periodontitis itself has many different stages from aggressive to chronic and of course, related to systemic disease like cancer.