The longer that plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more they irritate the gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth, resulting in gingivitis. Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that you may not even know you have.
But gingivitis should be taken seriously. If not properly treated, it can advance to periodontitis (full-fledged gum disease), ultimately resulting in tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds the teeth.
Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Swollen gums
- Soft, puffy gums
- Receding gums
- Occasionally, tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss, sometimes seen as redness or pinkness on your brush or floss
- A change in the color of your gums from a healthy pink to dusky red
- Bad breath
Because the most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene, following a good, regular dental routine—l such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups—can help prevent gingivitis.
Professional treatment for gingivitis typically includes the following:
- An initial evaluation and thorough dental cleaning by our dental hygienists to remove all traces of plaque and tartar
- Instruction on effective home brushing and flossing techniques
- Regular professional checkups and cleaning
- Possibly fixing crowns or fillings (dental restorations) that make good hygiene difficult
If you are concerned about gingivitis, give Angell’s Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup. To learn more about us, visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.