What is the outlook for gingivitis?

The earlier you catch gum disease, the more you can control it. Gingivitis is reversible if you have a checkup and cleaning, but it can come back. You must take good care of your teeth and gums between office visits.

If you don’t treat gingivitis, it can turn into more serious gum disease. Known as periodontitis, this gum disease damages the structures that keep teeth anchored.

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