Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease. It is usually the result of plaque buildup but can also occur through hormonal changes, smoking, illnesses, taking certain medications, and genetics. Some of the symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth or floss
- Bad breath
- Heavy tartar buildup
- Sensitive teeth
It is crucial to treat gingivitis as soon as possible, as it can be reversed with proper, early treatment. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can develop into a serious chronic condition known as periodontitis. Proper treatment for gingivitis includes good oral hygiene. This consists of brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular checkups with the dentist, all of which can make a big difference in preventing and reversing gingivitis. Additional treatment may include a professional deep cleaning called scaling and root planning. During this thorough cleaning, all traces of plaque, tartar, and bacterial products are removed.
Being aware of the signs of gingivitis and starting treatment right away can greatly contribute to getting your oral health back on track. If you would like to learn more about preventing and treating gingivitis, contact us at Dearborn, Wyandotte, or Milford, today to set up your appointment with one of our skilled periodontists at Periodontic & Implantology Associates.