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Gingivitis vs. Gum Disease: What’s the Difference?, Marietta

Gingivitis vs. Gum Disease: What’s the Difference?

Gums and Healthy Teeth Marietta, GA

Our gums play an important role in our oral health. They are the soft tissues that help to hold our teeth in place. But sometimes, they can become inflamed and infected, leading to more serious problems. Gingivitis and gum disease are usually thought of as the same thing, but they are actually two different conditions. At Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we treat both.


Gingivitis is a mild form of irritation, swelling, and sometimes bleeding around the gums. Gingivitis is quite common and can be caused by different factors like poor oral health habits that allow bacteria to build up along the gumlines. Type 2 diabetes and pregnancy can also put you at a higher risk of gingivitis. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can help reverse the effects of gingivitis.

A good oral hygiene routine at home will help to correct the problem so that it does not develop into something more serious, like gum disease.

Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Gum disease is a more serious condition that not only affects your gums but the bone structure around them as well. The same symptoms such as bleeding and puffy gums occur, but there is also a loss of tissue and bone support. With the loss of bone structure, your teeth will become loose and may even be at risk of falling out. The bacteria can also strain your immune system, making it more difficult to manage co-existing medical conditions.

We will work alongside you to come up with a treatment plan to help treat infected gums and save your teeth.

If you’re experiencing any gingivitis or gum disease symptoms, call the Dental Care Center at Kennestone today!

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Dental Care Center at Kennestone

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 247 reviews

  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.