Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal (gum) disease that can advance into a dangerous infection capable of wrecking a patient’s oral health and wellbeing. When detected early on, gingivitis is reversible and curable. The best time to evaluate your gum health is during your daily oral hygiene regimen. When brushing and flossing, look for signs of irritation or redness along the gums. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or floss, you will want to discuss this with our team as soon as possible. Our dentist offers important information on the symptoms of gingivitis along with tips to prevent this potentially devastating oral health condition.
An Overview of Gum Disease
As a less aggressive form of periodontal disease, gingivitis is very easy to manage and treat. However, if gingivitis is allowed to progress, it can advance into periodontitis. If gum disease advances to periodontitis, patients can only manage the condition, not cure it. This is why early detection and professional treatment is so important. Gum disease is responsible for most cases of adulthood tooth loss and can cause bone atrophy and a chronic infection.
The most common cause of gingivitis is improper or inadequate oral hygiene practices.
The most common cause of gingivitis is improper or inadequate oral hygiene practices. If patients do not brush and floss properly, plaque will accumulate along the gums and teeth. Once exposed to calculus, plaque hardens into tartar. Both plaque and tartar are full of harmful bacteria that inflame and infect gingival tissue.
Common Symptoms of Gingivitis
Sometimes, patients with gingivitis show little or no symptoms of their condition. This is why regular cleanings and checkups are important. Dental professionals are trained to detect early signs of gum disease. There are, however, steps patients can take to monitor their gum health. Patients should look for signs like tender or swollen gums and redness. If these symptoms are present, patients should continue their oral hygiene routine and report their symptoms to our staff. If symptoms do not improve in a couple weeks, we recommend that patients come in for an examination.
We offer treatment for varying levels of gum disease. Our team will happily educate our patients, if needed, on proper oral hygiene practice. To schedule a cleaning or checkup, contact the office of Dr. Amy M. Durisin today.