What Is Gingivitis?Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease, when the gums first become infected with bacteria. At this stage there can be few if any symptoms and it’s often easy to think your gums are perfectly healthy. It is little wonder gum disease is sometimes called the silent disease.
The first signs of gingivitis can easily be detected at regular checkups as your dentist will carefully probe your gums to check for any signs of bacterial infection. Most of the population will develop some degree of gingivitis during their lifetime, and regular checkups are an easy way to make sure this condition is detected early in the day. Early detection is particularly important as gingivitis is completely curable. Some symptoms that may be present include:
- Noticing your gums have begun to bleed (bleeding gums) during brushing or flossing
- Your gums might feel sore or tender
- You may notice your gums and begin to look red or perhaps a little bit swollen (swollen gums)
- You might develop bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away with regular brushing and flossing
These symptoms can be easy to ignore, but it is important not to.
What Causes Gingivitis?
Most cases of gingivitis will simply be down to failing to brush and floss frequently enough. Failure to do so will enable bacteria in the mouth to build up to levels where they cannot be controlled by the body’s immune system. At first the bacteria form a sticky layer of plaque that can easily be brushed away, but this soon hardens into calculus or tartar which can only be removed during professional cleanings as it has to be scraped away. The permanent presence of tartar gradually inflames the gums (inflated gums), and gingivitis will begin to develop.
Provided you seek treatment in our Midtown Manhattan, NYC quickly, your gingivitis can easily be cleared up and your gums will soon return to health. If you ignore any early warning signs, gingivitis will develop into periodontitis, a chronic condition that can often only be controlled rather than completely cured and which can result in tooth loss.
Treating Gingivitis in Our Midtown Manhattan, NYC Center
The very earliest signs of gingivitis can be treated through a simple professional cleaning. This is where your hygienist will scrape away the hardened tartar or calculus which removes much of the bacterial infection around your gums. They may also give you instructions on how to look after your teeth and gums at home, including information on how to brush and floss more effectively.
Good Homecare Is Vital
It’s extremely important to follow your hygienist’s or periodontist’ s advice, even though thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth each day is likely to make your gums bleed a little. The fact that they are still bleeding shows they are still infected and the best way to get rid of this is to persevere with twice daily brushing and once a day flossing. Provided you do this correctly, you should begin to notice your gums bleed less frequently until they eventually stop bleeding altogether and look and feel healthy, firm and strong. This will probably any take a few weeks. At this point you do need to continue with a good oral hygiene routine every single day to make sure the disease doesn’t return.
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