Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis
Throughout the day, even the healthiest of dental patients develop a very mild gum inflammation from meals and snacks we consume. This is called gingivitis. Normal oral hygiene habits like brushing, flossing and an antibacterial mouth rinse keep these issues at bay as the days and weeks fly by.
Gingivitis is gum inflammation from the bacteria that is in our mouth, and gum disease, or periodontitis, is bone loss from that same inflammation causing bacteria. In other words, the inflammation becomes so bad over a period of time, that you start harboring bacteria, not normally there, that destroys the bone structure around the teeth.