Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up around your teeth causing red, swollen inflammation of your gums. Fortunately, gingivitis can be reversed with excellent oral hygiene—regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
If untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis which usually involves the loss of gum tissue (receding gums) and possibly even bone loss. This can happen in any of the 192 sites around your teeth and should be carefully monitored.
Again, if not treated properly, eventually periodontisis advances to a stage where you may lose teeth in addition to the bone and gum tissue. Periodontal disease is not reversible, but it can be controlled. We work with all our patients to avoid periodontal disease; however, if we feel you have a severe case, we will recommend a specialized periodontist dentist to provide more extensive treatment options.