Gingivitis is a very common, mild form of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, that means your gingiva — the part of your gums around the base of your teeth — is irritated due to poor oral health. When gingivitis is ignored, the condition can develop into more serious gum disease, or tooth decay and loss.
If your gums are healthy, they should be firm and a light pink. They should also fit tightly around your teeth and not be receding. With that in mind, here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of gingivitis:
If you notice any of these signs, you likely have mild gum disease. In that event, make an appointment with the Dentistry of Highland Village team right away. Catching gingivitis early helps immensely with curbing its progress.
Plaque accumulation is the main cause of gingivitis and other forms of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene habits allow plaque — a sticky substance made up bacteria and sugars — to build up in your mouth and cause infection in the soft tissue.
Plaque is easily removed with routine brushing and flossing. At Dentistry of Highland Village, you can get professional dental cleanings to remove hardened plaque.
In addition, here are some factors that elevate your risk of developing gingivitis:
The team at Dentistry of Highland Village can easily manage the effects and symptoms of gingivitis with in-office treatment. They provide a variety of gum disease therapy options and make recommendations depending on the severity of your condition.
If you have mild to moderate gum disease, they offer scaling and root planing as a first line of defense. This deep cleaning procedure works to eradicate harmful bacteria within the deep pockets of infected gum tissue and restore your smile. They also offer Arestin antibiotics to prevent the progression of gum disease.
Call or use the online booking tool today and set up an appointment to begin treatment if you notice symptoms of gum disease.
At Dentistry of Highland Village, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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