Gingivitis and Gum Disease FAQ

Gingivitis and Gum Disease FAQ Are you experiencing bleeding gums, inflammation or other worrying symptoms? There is no instant gingivitis cure, but Dental Health Associates of Madison helps patients recover using gingivitis treatment that really works.

Let’s discuss gum health and what you need to know.

Do I have gingivitis or periodontitis? What's the difference?

Gingivitis is a long-term infection where bacteria attack the soft tissue of the gums. It can cause inflammation, bleeding, some discoloration and relatively minor discomfort. Because it can be subtle, many people do not realize they have a problem. It may take months or even years to develop into an infection that is considered a medical emergency.

Gum disease is the outcome of gingivitis when it is not treated. It is also called periodontal disease. It is a very serious infection that not only endangers the mouth’s soft tissue, but can directly attack the jaw bone. All the symptoms associated with gingivitis become much worse once the disease progresses this far. If it still goes untreated, it can even be fatal.

What are the signs of gum disease in adults?

Periodontal disease is a severe and painful infection that has spread extensively through the soft gum tissues and may be attacking the nearby bone. Symptoms include severe gum discoloration, loose teeth, receding gums, pain or tenderness in the gums, severe bleeding and swelling. It’s vital to see a dentist right away.

Can kids get gum disease?

Serious infection of the gums is rare in young children. However, it is possible to develop the problem at any age. Even kids who are very conscientious about brushing their teeth can end up with gingivitis, which may advance if left untreated. It’s important to monitor children for early symptoms, especially bleeding in the gums, which can indicate a problem.

Is gum disease contagious?

It may be possible for the bacteria that cause periodontitis to be passed through contact with infected saliva. Common infection scenarios include parent-to-child transmission and transmission between romantic partners. As a result, it is important to avoid contact with saliva of anyone you know to be infected and to avoid sharing a toothbrush with anyone, no matter how well you may know them.

Dental Health Associates’ periodontics services can help you arrest an infection of the gums and recover from its effects. We use state-of-the-art medical technology in a safe, comfortable environment. Contact us today to set an appointment.