Gingivitis is a very common but mild form of gum disease. It is preventable and treatable when it occurs. But if it is left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions. In fact, gum disease has been linked not only to other oral health issues but to things such as cardiovascular disease and complications with diabetes.
Dr. Dawn A. Wu at New Smile Dentistry suggests you contact her office at (972) 231-9591 if you notice the symptoms of gingivitis. Those symptoms may include swollen, red or tender gums; bleeding when flossing or brushing, a change in the color of your gums from pink to red, and bad breath.
Gingivitis can be inherited, or brought on by pregnancy or diabetes. Some medications may contribute to gingivitis as well. However, the major cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Plaque, which hardens into tartar is a contributor to gingivitis. It may be caused by ill-fitting dentures. Tobacco use, which irritates the gums, is also a factor.
If you have gingivitis, Dr. Wu may treat you with root planing, or scaling. Antibiotics or surgery may be required in some instances. Of course, the best treatment for gingivitis is prevention. Brushing and flossing twice day are big parts of good oral health. You should visit New Smile Dentistry in Richardson, Texas at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups. If you are using tobacco it’s time to stop. You may also want to think about what you eat. A healthy, well-balanced diet with the right amount of vitamin C is important not just for good oral health, but for the rest of your body as well.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gingivitis, contact us at (972) 231-9591. Dr. Wu can discuss treatment options and prevention methods with you.