There are two general types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. The main difference between gingivitis and periodontitis is that gingivitis is reversible. With the help of your dentist and hygienist, anti-gingivitis toothpaste and anti-gingivitis mouthwash from Crest, you can turn gingivitis around in no time. That’s why it’s so critical to catch gingivitis early. The jump from advanced gingivitis to early periodontitis can happen quickly.
How to Treat Periodontal Disease
When gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, treatment becomes much more complicated. Only your dentist and hygienist can perform periodontal treatment, which involves special dental procedures, and can require oral surgery.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Whereas gingivitis symptoms such as sore gums and bleeding are bothersome, the early signs of periodontitis include receding gums and the formation of pockets between the gums and the teeth. Once the infection gets beneath your gumline, periodontitis can cause tooth loss and can destroy tissues, ligaments, and bones in the mouth.
Here are some pictures of periodontal disease to show you the different stages of gum disease:
Look for gum inflammation and bleeding
Noticeably receding gums and pockets between gums and teeth
Advanced Periodontitis Disease:
Tissue and bone that support teeth are damaged, causing loose teeth
How to Treat Gum Disease at Home
Prevention is the best way to avoid the need for painful, costly, and time-consuming periodontal treatment. By focusing on preventive health and oral hygiene through the use of an effective oral hygiene regimen, you can keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Not sure where to start? Anti-gingivitis solutions like Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Advanced Toothpaste, Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Multi-Protection Mouthwash are a simple and effective way to help stop gum disease before it starts. When combined, these products work hard to keep your teeth and gums in good health. For effective gingivitis protection, in addition to noticeable whitening benefits,* you may also want to consider the breakthrough daily 2-step system, Crest® PRO-HEALTH® [HD]™.
*At 3 weeks of treatment.