What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. The initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is the plaque that builds up below the line of the gum. Plaque is the soft, sticky, colorless bacteria that always forms on the teeth and gums.
If plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, it produces toxins (poisons) that can irritate the gum tissue. And that’s what causes gingivitis.
The good news is, with early-stage gum disease, damage can be reversed; since the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place are still in excellent condition. When left untreated, gingivitis can become Periodontitis and cause permanent damage to your teeth and in some cases your jaw.
How do you know if you have Gingivitis?
Great question! Textbook signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red, tender, swollen or bleeding gums when you brush. Gums the recede or pull away from your teeth, giving your teeth an elongated appearance.
Some people may experience recurring bad breath or a bad taste in their mouth, even if the disease is not advanced. Pockets will eventually form between the teeth and gums, where plaque and food debris collect.
How can you prevent Gingivitis?
At David E. Parker DDS, we suggest routine professional cleanings which are extremely important. Depending on your case, we may recommend at least two cleanings per year, maybe more and for a good reason! Once the plaque has hardened only a dentist, or dental hygienist can remove it with special tools and instruments found in the office.
Call us if you’re experiencing gum tenderness or bleeding gums when you brush. The quicker we can get a plan together, the better off you’ll be. Our office is on Long Island in Smithtown, NY and our phone number is (631) 724-0455.