Gingivitis Specialist

Every year, more than 200,000 people in the United States develop gingivitis, a form of gum disease. At Dentistry of Highland Village, Dr. Katya Shevchenko and Dr. Christina Gnaim diagnose and treat gingivitis patients with a variety of innovative techniques right from their Houston, Texas office. They also help patients understand and form good oral health habits to prevent gum disease. Call or use the online booking tool today and make an appointment to learn more.

Gingivitis Q & A

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What is gingivitis?

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.

How do I know if I have gingivitis?

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:

  • Bad breath
  • Dark red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Puffy or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums (especially when you brush and floss)
  • Receding gum line

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.

What causes gingivitis?

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:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Age (the older you are the likelier you are to get it)
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications
  • Teeth grinding

How do you treat 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.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dental Benefit Providers
United Healthcare

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3651 Weslayan St., Suite 208
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-231-9273
Fax: 713-360-7701
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