What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a dental problem that can cause gum pain and serious tooth problems if left untreated. In the beginning, you might not even notice symptoms or experience soreness. According to Dr. Dernick, you will gradually notice red or purple coloring on your gums. They may also be tender to the touch. If you have gingivitis, you may see some bleeding when you brush or floss. Friends might also mention your bad breath.
Bacteria Buildup, the Culprit Behind Gingivitis
Gingivitis is caused by a bacteria buildup in the mouth. When this happens between teeth and at the gum line, it causes plaque to form. This, in turn, causes an immune response from the body. If it is diagnosed early on, it is easy to treat. Your Woodlands dentist too often sees cases where plaque is not removed. Then the symptoms of gingivitis become more pronounced, including swollen, receding or soft gums. When gingivitis is left untreated and becomes advanced, it can lead to periodontitis. This, in turn, can cause problems like damaged gum tissue and even tooth loss.
Treat Gingivitis Now to Avoid Pain and Tooth Loss
Your Woodlands dental team suggests 4 easy ways to stop gingivitis with early intervention. Diagnosing the condition early means it is easily treatable. After a professional dental cleaning, you can do some things to help prevent it from occurring such as:
- Have regular dental checkups
- Daily brushing and flossing
- Use of an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing
- Professional teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist every 6 months, or as recommended by your dentist.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns about gingivitis or your oral health. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are effective at reducing its impact and restoring your oral health. Call us today to schedule an appointment.