Gingivitis is a type of gum, or periodontal, disease. It occurs when bacterial plaque build-up, between and around teeth causes inflammation of the gums. It is the first stage of gum disease and should not be ignored. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and eventually tooth loss.
Sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms of gingivitis. Many times, though, there are symptoms such as:
- inflamed or swollen gums
- painful gums
- bad breath
- bleeding, red colored gums
- receding gums
If you have any of these symptoms, see your dental professional. They will remove the plaque and tartar and fix any teeth that might be damaged. They will explain the importance of your home hygiene routine that will include:
- brushing twice per day
- flossing once per day
- rinse with antiseptic mouthwash once per day
- see us for a cleaning twice per year
Gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis which can usually be treated by a Dentist. If Periodontitis becomes advanced, a Periodontist can be seen to try to save teeth or to potentially plan for Implants. A good rule of thumb is “Don’t wait til it hurts” See your Dentist regularly.