Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is usually caused by plaque buildup but can also be caused by hormonal changes, illnesses, smoking, taking certain medications, and genetics. Some of the signs of gingivitis include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or floss
- Bad breath
- Heavy tartar buildup
- Sensitive teeth
It is important to treat gingivitis as soon as possible. With proper treatment, gingivitis is reversible. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can develop into a serious chronic condition called periodontitis Proper treatment for gingivitis involves good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups, all of which can go a long way in preventing and reversing gingivitis. In addition, a professional cleaning in the form of scaling and root planning is an excellent way to treat gingivitis. During this deep clean, all traces of plaque, tartar, and bacterial products are removed.
Looking out for the signs of gingivitis and starting treatment right away can greatly help get your oral health back on track. For more information on preventing and treating gingivitis in Fort Worth, Texas, please contact Custom Periodontics at 817-738-2334 to schedule an appointment with our skilled periodontist, Dr. Shelby Nelson!