Forms of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, resulting in red and swollen gums that bleed easily. There is little to no discomfort involved with this first stage of periodontal disease, and it can usually be reversed with good hygiene.
Periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease and it can be aggressive. Aggressive periodontitis results in rapid bone destruction and tooth loss. Chronic periodontitis is characterized by slow gum recession and pocket formation.
A patient may suffer from mild, moderate, or severe gum disease, but all stages require urgent care. The sooner you find relief from gum disease, the safer you are from bone degeneration and permanent tooth loss.