What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage in gum disease. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums making them bleed, red, tender, and puffy. Gingivitis is reversible with proper home care and regular professional dental cleanings.
What is periodontal disease and why do I need a deep cleaning?
Periodontal disease is a more advanced stage in gum disease affecting the tissues and bone around the tooth. This stage is when the bacteria in the mouth is more aggressive and the inflammation causes bone destruction. This lack of bone causes gum pockets, which harbor more bacteria. These pockets will continue to be infected unless treated with a deep cleaning.
If gum disease is left untreated it could lead to TOOTH LOSS... don't be a gummy bear.