Gum Disease

Types of Gum Disease


Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, or periodontal disease. It causes the gums to bleed easily and become red and swollen. Gingivitis is typically caused by inadequate or poor oral hygiene and is reversible. Although there is usually little or no discomfort at this stage, it is important to treat gingivitis so that it doesn't advance to periodontitis.

Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. If you think your child is suffering from gingivitis, don't hesitate to visit us at Treasured Smiles Pediatric Dentistry in Frankfort, Illinois.


Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. When this happens, plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, causing irritation. Toxins created by this plaque stimulate inflammation and the tissues and bones that support the teeth begin to decay. As a result, gums separate from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. As the disease progresses, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. Nonetheless, some key indicators include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Receding gum lines
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Pus between the  teeth and gums
  • Consistent bad breath

Treasured Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is Here to Help!

Worried your child might have gum disease or want to learn more? Why wait? Contact Treasured Smiles Pediatric Dentistry today at (815) 806-1600 or fill out our online contact form! You can also email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have about gingivitis or periodontitis.

 The Treasured Smiles Pediatric Dentistry office is located at 10313 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, IL 60423. We look forward to meeting you!

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