If you have red, irritated, or swollen gums you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease and is very treatable if caught early. At Royce Family Dentistry we take gingivitis very seriously and can create a treatment plan to restore your oral health. Gingivitis is caused by plaque, the soft and sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on the teeth and gums.
Plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums, and is best controlled by daily brushing and flossing. The good news is that generally, gingivitis is reversible however, left untreated it can cause permanent damage to your teeth and jaw called periodontitis.
Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis
The telltale signs of gingivitis are red and swollen gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. Further evidence of gingivitis includes gums that have receded and/or pulled away from your teeth, bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, and gaps between teeth.
If you find that you have gaps between your teeth, it is important to have routine cleanings so cavities do not form.
The best way to prevent gingivitis and gum disease is through good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing daily helps control plaque build-up. In addition to good oral hygiene, cleanings from your dental professional are extremely important! In order to remove the hardened plaque build-up, also known as tartar, you must visit a dentist or dental hygienist. Royce Family Dentistry has dental experts at the ready to help you avoid gingivitis. Call today and schedule a cleaning with one of Royce Family Dentistry’s friendly dental professionals.