Do you have sensitive teeth, inflamed, red or swollen gums, along with chronic bad breath? If so, you may be experiencing the early stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis. This oral condition is quite common, unfortunately, and can be caused by:
- Poor oral hygiene practices that allow dental plaque to accumulate.
- Changes in hormones, especially in women.
- Disease or illness.
- Tobacco use.
- Medications such as those for seizures or blood pressure.
As plaque builds up and hardens into tartar around the base of your teeth, it will begin to irritate gum tissue and cause pockets to form, causing more gum irritation and inflammation.
Treated early, this form of gum disease is often reversible. If ignored, this progressive disease will worsen until you are left with periodontitis, which is a serious infection of gum tissue that not only causes deterioration of gum tissue but the deterioration of the jawbone as well.
In the early stages, you can turn gum disease around by stepping up your oral hygiene care. Daily brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings every six months usually get your oral health back on track. If necessary, our team can also perform a scaling and root planning treatment to remove plaque, tartar (hardened plaque) and bacteria, setting the stage for healthier gums.
If you are showing the signs of gingivitis, we invite you to reach out to our team in Fort Worth, Texas, for treatment. Our periodontist, Dr. Shelby Nelson, has been helping patients overcome gum disease using the latest innovative techniques and tools at Custom Periodontics. Please call 817-738-2334 to schedule your appointment.