Gingivitis is a disease of the gums that can cause them to swell, become red, and even bleed. However, according to your East Greenbush dentist, gingivitis is treatable and reversible.
Gingivitis is quite common across the globe, but if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Dr. J. Craig Alexander, your dentist in East Greenbush, explains that mild gum inflammation, or gingivitis is quite easy to diagnose and treat.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Changes in gum color-Gums should be pink all over. If you notice shiny areas or red patches along your gum line, it could be plaque or tartar buildup.
Changes in the way gums feel-When you press on your gums, they should be moist. Healthy gums lay flat against the teeth that seals out bacteria and food particles. Unhealthy gums will roll away from the surface of your teeth allowing pockets to form. People who suffer from gingivitis will have soft, dry, or smooth gums.
Changes in Gum Shape-Healthy gums have scalloped edges along the teeth and should be covering up the same amount of root on every tooth making them appear symmetrical. Advanced gum disease will cause gums to pull away from your teeth and recede. Teeth will begin to look misshaped or longer because of root exposure.
Bad Breath-Halitosis is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis and is caused by poor oral hygiene habits. Food particles that aren’t removed with proper brushing and flossing will begin to smell. Recurring bad breath is often a symptom of oral bacteria getting out of control.
Bloody Saliva-If you see blood when you spit after brushing or flossing, it is time to see your East Greenbush dentist, as this isn’t normal. If you practice good oral hygiene habits and use a soft bristled toothbrush, your gums will not bleed. If they do, it could be a sign that your gum tissue is inflamed, even if you aren’t experiencing any pain.
If you suspect you may be suffering from gingivitis, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. J. Craig Alexander who may recommend prophylactic cleaning or root planing and scaling.
Gingivitis should never be ignored and if you have swollen, sore, red or bleeding gums, or any of the signs above, it’s time to see your East Greenbush dentist, Dr. J. Craig Alexander. Call or click and schedule an appointment today.