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Gingivitis Vs. Gum Disease Marietta, GA

Gingivitis Vs. Gum Disease

Is there a difference between gingivitis and gum disease? Yes! Actually, there is such a profound difference that it could depend on whether or not you keep your teeth. Both gingivitis and gum disease require action. But understanding exactly what your dentist means when he tells you that you have gingivitis versus gum disease is very important.

Gingivitis is simply mild inflammation of the gums, resulting from the presence of plaque or inadequate oral hygiene. You may seem some swelling along the gum line and bleeding when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can be the beginning stages of gum disease if not tended to. Which brings us to the most important difference between gingivitis and gum disease. Gingivitis can be completely reversed, sometimes within two weeks, with proper oral hygiene, and it does not result in permanent damage or tooth loss.

Gum disease, on the other hand, is when gingivitis has worsened. Which means the attachment tissues surrounding the teeth are now damaged. In gum disease, or periodontal disease, pockets develop underneath detached gum tissue, and bone levels around the teeth are lost. Periodontal therapy can help treat the condition at this point but once there is bone loss, the damage is irreversible. Symptoms include chronic swelling, bleeding, bad breath, visible tartar, gum recession, and tooth mobility.

Gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in this country. Since we know that gum disease is a progression of untreated gingivitis, it is unfortunate that patients do not get the adequate oral care they need to prevent this condition. Seeing your dentist for routine cleanings is your best weapon against gum disease. Not only can a dentist catch the early signs of gingivitis, but a professional cleaning removes disease-causing bacteria in deep gum pockets. If tooth loss isn’t enough to get your attention, gum disease is also shown to spread oral bacteria throughout the body, increasing the risk of systemic health problems like cardiovascular diseases.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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