What is the Difference Between Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease?

Watch this video to learn more about the nuances that set gum disease apart from periodontal disease.

Again, gum disease and periodontal disease have been used interchangeably, but by definition, gum is only one component. One factor of periodontium. Periodontium means a structure around the tooth, supporting the structure of the tooth, which gum is one of them. Then you have periodontal ligament and then you have bone. So all these components are supporting the structure of the tooth.

So when you say gum disease, you’re referring to basically periodontal disease, which is very common diseases of mankind. Around eight out of ten above age, 35, they have some sort of periodontal disease. Could be a bone loss, could be receding gum, or at least could be inflammation of the gum tissue.