Gingivitis Q & A
Gum Disease Treatment Specialist Houston
Why is gum health important?
Gums are the soft tissue that hold your teeth in place, protecting their sensitive roots. A gum infection can spread to the teeth, and in later stages can cause teeth to loosen or even fall out. Plus gum disease sets your whole body up for inflammation and can aggravate chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It’s marked by red, tender, and inflamed gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing.
What is the difference between gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and usually precedes gum disease. Not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, but it’s important to address it to reduce your risk of such complications.
In the early stage of gingivitis, plaque that has built up on the teeth releases bacteria into and under the gum line. This leads to the inflammation that can cause bleeding during brushing. Your gums are irritated, but the teeth remain firmly rooted in their sockets and you’ve experienced no bone or tissue damage.
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
You may suspect you have gingivitis if:
- Your gums bleed during or after a brushing
- Your gums appear red, swollen, or puffy
- You have persistent bad breath or a funny taste in your mouth
- Your gums recede from their natural line
How is gingivitis treated?
While twice yearly professional cleanings are a prudent preventive measure, you may need more frequent Treatments for gum disease if you suffer from gingivitis. Dr. Nguyen could also recommend you undergo a deep scaling to thoroughly remove any offending bacteria.
You also receive education about proper at-home oral hygiene. Brushing twice per day, especially after meals, and flossing at least once – or more often – is recommended. They may suggest a specific type of toothbrush to assist you in better brushing habits as well as an antibacterial rinse to get rid of any bacteria.
If our Gum Disease Treatment Specialist in Houston finds that misaligned teeth or poorly fitting crowns are aggravating your gums and contributing to your gingivitis, he may recommend fixing these problems through the appropriate restoration techniques.
Can gingivitis be cured?
Gingivitis can be reversed when caught in the earliest stages. Without Gum Disease Treatment Houston, however, it may progress to periodontal disease, the loss of bone structure, and missing teeth.
If you experience any of the symptoms of gingivitis, make an appointment with David Nguyen D.M.D., MS today.