Periodontal Disease

What Does Gingivitis Mean?

You might have gingivitis and not even know it. It’s often painless. Basically, gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. It’s caused by the build-up of plaque (bacteria) and tartar on tissues surrounding your teeth. These tissues may swell up, and, if left untreated, could lead to eventual tooth loss. Obviously, you don’t want to destroy your gums and/or bones. Thankfully, gingivitis is reversible.

How Do You Know If You’re Suffering From Gingivitis?

Do you have bleeding gums? Have you noticed loose teeth, a new spacing between teeth, or pus around your teeth and gums? What about persistent bad breath? Do your gums or teeth feel tender? Have you noticed your gums are receding or red/puffy? All of these are signs and symptoms that you might be suffering from gingivitis.

Dentists will look for inflammation around the teeth and gums as well as measure the pocket depth of the groove between your teeth and gums to check for gingivitis. X-rays can show bone loss in areas of deeper pockets.

Treatment For Gingivitis

Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Therefore, it’s important to pay more attention to a daily routine of good oral care. Typically, to help treat gingivitis, your dentist would ask that you stop tobacco use. You’d receive a professional cleaning to get rid of plaque and tartar. If you have dental restorations (such as poorly fitting crowns) that are irritating your gums, your dentist can fix them. Your dentist should help you plan an effective at-home program to further treat your gingivitis.

If your gums have been bothering you, call Brockport Dental today at 585-636-0555. Make an appointment to get checked (and treated) for gingivitis.



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