Gingivitis and periodontitis are both forms of gum disease, although one is more severe than the other. But what are the differences, and can they be prevented or treated? Read on to find out more.


Gingivitis is a mild type of gum disease, which can be quite uncomfortable and can lead to complications if it’s not treated.1

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

There are a number of symptoms of gingivitis for you to look out for, which include2:

- Red and swollen gums

- Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing

While these symptoms may be uncomfortable and leave you feeling self-conscious, there are steps you can take to help prevent gingivitis, such as:3

- Twice daily brushing with a fluoride toothpaste

- Using floss or interdental brushes to clean between teeth

- Replacing your toothbrush every 1 to 3 months

Making sure to have regular dental check-ups, these are even more important if you are pregnant or have type 2 diabetes.

What should you do if you have symptoms of gingivitis?

If you notice that you have symptoms of gingivitis, book an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.


Periodontitis is a serious form of gum disease initiated by plaque. When someone has periodontitis, the soft gum tissue is damaged and, if left untreated, can cause the tooth to loosen or come out completely.1

If you think you may have periodontitis, see your dentist as soon as possible.

The stages of gum disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, begins with gingivitis and can progress to periodontitis without appropriate measures.1

At its early stage – gingivitis – the sufferer has inflammation of the gums which can be reversed if addressed early. If it is not treated under advice from a dentist, the next stage of gum disease is periodontitis, which leads to the loss of the tissue that attaches teeth to the gums.1

This is why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. They can spot gum disease in its early stages (gingivitis) and help you reverse it before the disease can progress to periodontitis.

How can Corsodyl help you?

As mentioned, a strong oral health routine is key when you’re looking to avoid gum disease. Here at Corsodyl, we have a range of products that can help you keep your teeth nice and clean.

Corsodyl Intensive Treatment Mouthwash

The Corsodyl intensive treatment mouthwashes, such as Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash** and Corsodyl Original Mouthwash** are medicines containing chlorhexidine digluconate for the treatment of early signs of gum disease. They help to treat gum problems, including bleeding gums, irritated gums, and mouth ulcers.

In addition, the intensive treatment mouthwashes can help promote healing after dental treatment. Please note that these products are a short term, intensive treatment.

Corsodyl 1% w/w Dental Gel

Corsodyl 1% w/w Dental Gel** helps to target problem areas in your mouth directly and effectively. It is an intensive treatment that is formulated to help treat and prevent gum problems, such as red, swollen or bleeding gums. It is also clinically proven to help treat gingivitis.

Corsodyl Complete Protection Extra Fresh Toothpaste

This toothpaste is specifically designed to support healthy gums and strong teeth, with benefits including:

- Helps stop and prevent bleeding gums.

- Reduces red and inflamed gums

- 4 x more effective at removing plaque*, the main cause of bleeding gums, compared to a regular toothpaste when used for brushing twice a day

- Works to keep the seal between gums and teeth tight.

If you are having any difficulties with your teeth or want any advice, make sure to visit your dentist.

Gingivitis vs Periodontitis: Frequently Asked Questions

What is worse, periodontitis or gingivitis?

In terms of what’s worse when it comes to periodontitis vs gingivitis, they are both unpleasant. However, periodontitis is a result of untreated gingivitis, which can cause further serious problems; in that case, it can be deemed the worse of the two.

Can gingivitis be stopped?

Yes, if gingivitis is found early enough, it can be treated. To help prevent gum disease, make sure to attend regular dental appointments as well as paying close attention to instructions regarding dental hygiene, including brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and regularly flossing between your teeth.2

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**Corsodyl 0.2% Mouthwash, Corsodyl Mint Mouthwash, Corsodyl Original Mouthwash and Corsodyl 1% w/w Dental Gel contain chlorhexidine. Always read the label.


Find out how to help protect your gums from gum disease and the importance of regular dental checkups.