Hi, I’m Dr. Greg Ceyhan from Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead in Glendale, Arizona, and that’s in the Arrowhead area. You know, a big percentage of the population suffers from gingivitis and also a large percentage of the population suffers from some type of gum disease. And gingivitis is not really gum disease. It really is just a bleeding or an inflammation of the gums caused from the bacteria there. But when that bacteria sort of grows and hasn’t been cleaned off the teeth adequately or you don’t go to the dentist regularly, what will happen is that, bacteria will start invading and infecting the bone that surrounds the tooth and now it’s become what we call periodontal disease or gum and bone disease.
So, there’s different degrees of gum and bone disease or periodontal disease, and the more severe it gets, the higher chance there is that you’re gonna lose teeth. So, it’s really important that you actually see your dentist on a regular basis and intervene before it becomes that serious.