Could You Have Gingivitis?

Monday, August 27th, 2012, 7:52 pm

Are you at risk for gingivitis? Maybe you already have gingivitis but don’t know it.

Do your gums bleed easily when brushing your teeth? Are they bright red, swollen, or sensitive to the touch? If so, you may be exhibiting symptoms of gingivitis. This is a disease of the gums that is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar. According to Medical News Today, “When starches and sugars in food interact with bacteria normally found in our mouths plaque can form on our teeth.” If this plaque is not removed by by brushing and flossing then our gums become inflamed and we develop gingivitis – an early stage of gum disease.  By brushing and flossing our teeth every day we can prevent this plaque buildup, thus preventing gingivitis.

If your toothbrush bristles are turning pink it’s time to make an appointment with your family dentist. If you are diagnosed with gum disease there are several treatment options depending upon the severity of your disease.  These options may include: a comprehensive deep cleaning of your teeth; an antiseptic wash to help clear away bacteria; antibiotics; proper brushing and flossing techniques; as well as fixing other dental issues that could make treating your condition more difficult.

Many patients often don’t realize they have gingivitis as their symptoms, if any, are minor. Not treating the early signs of gum disease can lead to more severe problems such as the development of severe periodontitis (gum disease). This not only affects the gums, but  can lead to tooth loss. Untreated periodontitis can cause recurring gum abscesses, and has been linked to heart disease, and strokes. Periodontitis can also lead to premature birth in women.

Proper home care and regular dental visits can help you avoid gingivitis. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-2581 to schedule your next appointment.

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