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What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

I am a 33 year old female. I want to know what is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

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Gingivitis is when your gums have inflammation and you have the start of gum disease.
Periodontitis is when you start experiencing bone loss around the teeth due to prolonged, untreated gingivitis. Gingivitis can and will lead to periodontitis if you do not start taking care of your gums,
Both gingivitis and periodontitis exhibit redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums. Periodontitis exhibits the loss of bone which anchors the teeth in the jaws.
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums AND bones or the "periodontium" (structures supporting the teeth). In periodontitis, you lose bone that never grow back around the tooth which is supporting it.
In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during teeth brushing. ... When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis. In a person with periodontitis, the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets. This will lead to bone loss around the teeth, and if it progress it will lead to teeth mobility. The long term result is losing teeth.
This is a great question. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum which is the initial step towards periodontitis if not taken care of. Periodontitis is when you have chronic inflammation of the gum which leads to detachment of gum fibers which creates pockets. Early signs of gingivitis is redness of the gum and bleeding. Therefore, don't forget to brush your gums as well.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Zadeh - Encino Dentistry
In gingivitis just your gum soft tissue involved and it’s on early stages it could be corrected easily, but In periodontitis in addition to soft tissue underlying bone also involved and might need further treatment and sometime surgical intervention.
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums with no bone loss. Periodontitis is inflammation along with bone loss, which is more advanced and can cause tooth loss.
Simply put, gingivitis is the start of periodontal disease, periodontitis is a progression of gingivitis. This is a simple answer and treatment is recommended.
The major difference is that gingivitis is reversible but periodontitis is not. Periodontitis is the start of “Gum Disease”, whereas most people have gingivitis. Periodontitis could be mild, moderate or severe and if not treated, it will lead to tooth loss.
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue. Bleeding is usually present.. Periodontitis occurs when the gum tissue inflammation is not treated and the chronic inflammation results in bone loss around the teeth. Along with bleeding, teeth can become loose due to losing support of the bone.