Can gingivitis become a dental emergency?

Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is an advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is inflammation and irreversible destruction of the tissues that support the teeth in the jaw bones. If your gums are bleeding or your teeth are becoming loose see a doctor or dentist immediately.
Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of periodontal disease called periodontitis.

It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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