The Difference Between Gingivitis and Advanced Periodontitis

Although gingivitis and advanced periodontitis both affect your gums, they are two different health issues.

Your teeth are held in position by a number of things including bone tissue, ligaments, and your gums. If you do not properly care for your teeth, plaque can begin to form around your gums. Your gums begin to retreat and create “pockets.” These pockets allow for more bacteria to build up. This is gingivitis.

There are different severities of gingivitis, which is tested by measuring the deepness of the pockets around your teeth. You generally want pockets that are 1-3mm deep. Your pockets will be deeper if you have an infection.

Gingivitis, if left untreated, can form advanced periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis occurs when plaque and tartar infect your gums and begin to deteriorate the soft tissue that supports your teeth. If you do not treat advanced periodontitis, it can begin affecting the bone of your tooth. When this happens, the tooth is at risk of needing an extraction.

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For minor plaque buildup, your dentist will be able to clean away the bacteria before it advances. If you are in a more advanced stage, a procedure called “scaling and root planing” will be done to clean around the gums and below your gums to remove tartar.

If you have any questions about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.

Bad Breath? Is It Something Serious? – Part 2

If you suffer from bad breath, there may be other dental health issues causing this problem.

Previously, we discussed bad breath and why flossing is so important. We mentioned that bad breath may also be a sign of something more serious. Below, we look at some of the dental health issues that may be causing this problem.

Dental health issues may include:
Infected root canal
Throat or oral cancer
Cavities
Gum disease
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles

Non-dental health issues may include:
Diabetes
Acid reflux
Liver disease
Lung disease
Lung infection
HIV

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Form a Habit
To fight bad breath, you should be sure to floss and brush twice per day. Brushing should include teeth, tongue, gums and the roof of your mouth. Mouthwash can be used, but mouthwash only offers temporary relief and it is not a substitute for brushing or flossing. You also need to schedule routine dental visits for a professional teeth cleaning.

If you keep a proper dental hygiene habit but still experience bad breath, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.