Gum Disease, Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis: What’s the Difference?

Caring for your teeth and gums can be a little confusing — dentists may use scientific and lay terms interchangeably, making it hard to understand what’s at stake if you find out you have gum disease. But it’s important to know the differences between the terms used to describe what’s going on around your teeth, because gum disease is often known as a “silent” ailment, experts say. “Lack of brushing and lack of regular dental care are the main causes of gum disease.” “There may be warning signs, or you may not have symptoms until the infection reaches an...

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