The Truth About Gingivitis

by on May 2, 2017 in General Dentistry
The Truth About Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue and it occurs around teeth. It is caused from the buildup of plaque bacteria on the tissues that surround the teeth. It is estimated that 80% of adults will experience some form of gingivitis in their lifetime. Sometimes there are no signs or pain to alert a person that they have it. Seeing your local dentist at Arena Family Dental in Worcester is the first step in determining if you have gingivitis. The only good thing about gingivitis is that it can be reversible with good oral hygiene and treatment. 

Symptoms of Gingivitis; 

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • A lasting bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss

Treatment for Gingivitis

Once gingivitis is identified by your dental clinic in Worcester, you can start treatment. Your dentist will provide specific direction for your unique situation but typically they will begin by doing a professional cleaning to remove plaque or tarter. A procedure known as scaling and root planning can remove the bacteria from the tooth surface and under and on the gum line. This treatment is done with a laser, an ultrasonic device or tools. This treatment combined with developing good oral hygiene habits at home will usually reverse the symptoms of gingivitis. Brushing twice per day, flossing and attending regular appointments with your dentist at Arena Family Dentistry in Worcester is a good start. 

Gingivitis Can Lead to Periodontitis

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a serious infection of the gums that affects the soft tissue and eventually destroys the bone that supports teeth. As periodontitis progresses, it can cause tooth loss, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke or it can lead to other health problems. Your dental health affects the rest of your body. Do your body a favor and stop gingivitis in its tracks. If you need dental X-rays in Worcester or help with gingivitis or periodontitis, call us today!

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