Periodontal disease can be hazardous to the health of your teeth, gums, and even bone tissue. Once advanced, the disease is pervasive and requires ongoing treatment. While gum disease can effectively be treated and reversed, this is only the case if gingivitis is recognized in the earliest stages of the disease and if prompt action is taken.
Gingivitis is a condition in which the gum tissue becomes inflamed due to plaque buildup on the teeth. By preventing plaque from ever building up and disrupting plaque before it hardens, you can halt symptoms of gingivitis before it becomes a more severe issue.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and unfortunately, symptoms can be challenging to recognize at home with an untrained eye. When looking for signs and symptoms of gum disease, keep watch for any of the following:
If your gums are bleeding easily, especially after you've just brushed your teeth or used dental floss, this can be a sign of gum disease. While minimal bleeding of the gums is normal, especially if you have just begun a new flossing routine or are using a new toothbrush with firmer bristles, it's recommended to discuss any persistent, excessive bleeding with your dentist.
Gums that are dark red or purple may be a clear indication there is something more serious going on beneath the surface.
Swollen or Tender Gums
Experiencing pain specifically in your gum tissue and your gums are swollen and puffy.
Your teeth appear more prominent because your gum tissue is pulling away from the teeth, and pockets look like they're forming.
Because a bacterial infection causes gingivitis, that same bacteria can be causing you to experience bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that lingers and doesn't seem to go away regardless of brushing or rinsing.
If teeth start to feel loose, or you notice any changes to your bite when closing your mouth.
The first and mildest stage of gum disease is also the easiest to treat and can also be reversed. If you find yourself relating to the symptom list above, the first thing to do is set up an appointment with your dentist to evaluate your gums properly. Thorough professional cleanings and checkups followed by good home care are usually enough to reverse gingivitis.
As soon as you see any signs of gingivitis, give these tips and tricks a try to do your part in reversing any damaging effects:
If your gingivitis does progress to periodontal disease, it's not too late. Tompkins Dental provides expert periodontal treatments and prioritizes patient comfort. With the proper preventative measures in place, we will help you do everything to maintain excellent, functioning oral health.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms we listed above, contact Tompkins Dental today.