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You have probably heard the terms “gingivitis” and “periodontitis,” but do you know what they have in common? Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two stages of gum disease, an infection that attacks your gums and affects your oral health.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. At this stage, gums are often red and swollen, and may bleed easily. The effects of gingivitis can usually be treated and reversed by Dr. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer and daily oral care. If your gums exhibit any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with Borgmeyer Dental as soon as possible.

Periodontitis is advanced gum disease, and it affects almost half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States. Periodontitis attacks deeper than the gums, targeting the tissues and bones that support your teeth, and has been linked to stroke and diabetes. It usually advances slowly, but aggressive periodontitis can cause rapid loss of bone, tissue, and even teeth.

In some cases, gum disease progresses without any visible symptoms, which is one of the reasons why regular dental checkups are so important. Drs. David J. Borgmeyer and Augustine Borgmeyer will be able to diagnose any existing gum disease and prescribe an appropriate treatment. Depending on your specific case, they may perform scaling and root planning, periodontal irrigation, or prescribe ARESTIN®.

If you suspect you may have gum disease in St. Louis, Missouri, contact Borgmeyer Dental at 314-351-6554 at your earliest convenience. Gum disease is easier to treat when found and addressed early.