Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a strain of gum disease that can rapidly lead to greater dental issues if not properly cared for with professional help. Of course, it’s always important to keep up with your appointments to avoid greater complications down the road! Let’s take a closer look at the causes and symptoms of gingivitis, and how to prevent it in future:

Cause
If you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, plaque quickly builds up on your teeth. The plaque then turns into tartar – a hardened layer of plaque. Tartar is so harmful to your teeth because it serves as a home for bacteria. When the tartar infects the gums around the bottom of your teeth, it is called gingiva. It’s important to visit us if you are feeling any gum discomfort so that we can try and catch any gingivitis in its early stages!

Symptoms
There are many warning signs of gingivitis. The most common symptom of gingivitis is when someone is experiencing red and swollen gums. With gingivitis, you may also experience bad breath, gum bleeding, and loose gums around your teeth. Regular smokers, diabetics, and people with unresolved dental issues such as broken fillings are dramatically more likely to develop gingivitis. Please make it a point to visit the dentist twice a year and care for your teeth on a daily basis.

Treatment and Prevention
To treat gingivitis, we have several procedures that our dentists can perform, depending on an individual’s condition and preferences. Gum scaling and root planing is one approach our dentists perform, using equipment to deep clean your teeth and scrape off tartar and smooth the root. Laser treatment, a less painful way of treating gingivitis, can also be performed. If the gingivitis has developed to a severe condition, bone and graft tissue surgery may be needed to restore your smile and protect your dental health.

At Premier Dental Associates of Lower Manhattan, our patients’ health is a top priority. If you feel any of the symptoms of gingivitis, please visit us so we can provide you with proper treatment.