Brush Up on the Problem of Gingivitis

Brush Up on the Problem of Gingivitis

Thinking you may have gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease? If you are, then seeking dental treatment as soon as you can is highly recommended to get rid of the infection taking place in your mouth. It is first necessary for a dental professional to check your mouth to find out whether or not you indeed have gingivitis. If you do, then treating your gingivitis as soon as possible will help you get back to good overall gum health. Once you have received treatment for your gingivitis, it is necessary for you to provide yourself with the proper oral care so that you do not get gingivitis again.

According to the American Dental Association, eliminating the infection can be as easy as taking a trip to the dentist office for a professional cleaning.

What causes gingivitis?

The main reason why someone would be diagnosed with gingivitis is that they have a bacterial infection. When the teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, any food particles left in the mouth will attract bacteria and begin to cause a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Over time this will lead to a gum infection, and if not treated in a timely manner, will lead to a gingivitis diagnosis.

What are some of the risk factors for getting gingivitis?

Some of the more common risk factors associated with a gingivitis diagnosis include smoking, chewing tobacco, having broken teeth or fillings, having crooked teeth, taking certain medications, living with a disease like diabetes, having a dental appliance in the mouth that does not fit properly and being pregnant.

What are some of the signs associated with gingivitis?

It is possible that someone is living with gingivitis and does not even know it, making it essential for everyone to understand some of the signs and symptoms associated with gingivitis. Because many of these signs are also associated with other oral problems, it is necessary to seek the assistance of a dental professional for proper diagnosis. Signs associated with gingivitis include tender gums, red gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums, loose gums, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, pain when chewing and having bad breath that will not go away—even after brushing and flossing.

How is gingivitis treated?

A professional teeth cleaning can remove gingivitis, allowing the gums and teeth to once again be healthy. A dental professional may also prescribe different medications or surgical procedures that can be used to treat gingivitis, such as oral antibiotics, antiseptic mouthwash, flap surgery, or bone or tissue grafts.

Do you think you have gingivitis?

Do you think you have gingivitis after reading the above information? The only way for you to know for sure is to make an appointment with a dental professional for a proper evaluation of your mouth. If you do have gingivitis, the earlier you seek treatment the easier it will be to treat. It is definitely possible to reverse this early form of gum disease, and that is exactly what you want to do as treating more advanced gum diseases is much more difficult. We can go ahead and schedule a consultation appointment for you so you can know for sure. All you need to do is call us and let us know a convenient time for you to come in.

Request an appointment here: or call Apple Tree Dental Studio at (623) 536-3377 for an appointment in our Avondale office.