If Left Untreated Gingivitis will Lead to Periodontal Disease

If left untreated gingivitis can lead to the more serious and preventable periodontal disease.


Bad bacteria cause gum disease. Your mouth produces thousands of bacteria every minute. A healthy mouth will be able to combat the bad bacteria. However, without proper brushing and flossing the food particles will turn into that sticky film on your teeth known as plaque.

That plaque will convert into a hard substance called tartar. Once the tartar forms between your teeth and the roots of your teeth and gum line, you are well on your way to serious gum disease. A dentist or dental hygienist can only remove tartar.


When plaque builds up on your teeth, you will notice red, swollen, and tender gums that will often bleed. If left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis. Periodontal disease pulls your gum tissue away from your teeth forming pockets that destroy the underlying bone.


Gum disease is preventable, even for those who have a history of gum disease. Call my Downtown dental practice for an appointment because twice yearly dental checkups, more often for those with chronic tooth and gum problems, can prevent gum disease.

If you are unsure about brushing and flossing, I can give you a few tips regarding oral hygiene. Just ask how.


Yes and no while Gingivitis is curable and can be taken care of with proper brushing and flossing, a deep cleaning may be necessary for your gingivitis.

Periodontal disease has no cure. Periodontitis can be controlled as long as you learn proper home health care. Regular deep cleaning and root planing and scaling may also be needed to control your periodontal disease.

If haven’t seen a dentist in some time, call or click and schedule a dental checkup with my Downtown Portland dental practice.

It’s never too late for a healthy mouth. Call for an appointment today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Who Can Benefit From a Mouth Guard

You get one set of adult teeth, and if you lose a tooth, it’s gone for good. Although you can replace it with a prosthetic, it’s better if you protect your teeth with a mouth guard and avoid the pain and hassle. So, who needs a mouth guard?

Dental Veneers: The Ultimate Cover-Up

If the only thing standing between you and total confidence is a few imperfections in your smile, you’re in luck. Dental veneers cover up multiple flaws quickly and painlessly. Find out which type of veneer is best for you.

Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Getting dentures? You’ve made a great choice! These removable appliances look great and should last for many years, but they do take a little getting used to. Here are a few tips to help you transition.

Do Dental Sealants Really Work?

What do car wax, spray paint, and nail polish have in common? They protect what’s underneath. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put something on your teeth to protect them from cavities? Enter dental sealants — here’s what you need to know.

Who's at Risk for Gum Disease?

You see a bit of pink in the sink when you spit after brushing your teeth. Were you a little too rough, or could there be a problem? Find out if you’re at risk for gum disease and what you can do about it.

Why Invisalign Is the Best Choice for Your Teen

If you have a teen who needs braces, you’ve probably heard all about Invisalign®. Most teenagers beg for these clear aligners over traditional braces, but are they really the best treatment for your kid?