Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other oral health problems. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home and visiting a dentist regularly for an oral exam and cleaning can help prevent gingivitis from developing. If it does begin to develop, regular dental checkups allow your dentist to spot the early warning signs and treat gingivitis before it progresses. Dr. Mehr Tucker is your Rockville, MD dentist for both the prevention and treatment of gingivitis.
Causes of Gingivitis
Gingivitis develops when the gums become infected by bacteria. Bacteria on the teeth can result in the formation of plaque, tartar buildup, and the eventual development of gingivitis. Gingivitis can be prevented through good oral hygiene habits, including daily brushing and flossing, limiting consumption of sugary foods and beverages, and visiting your Rockville dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Several symptoms can be indications of possible gingivitis. If you develop any symptoms associated with gingivitis, seeing a Rockville dentist as soon as possible can help stop the gingivitis from progressing and restore your oral health. If gingivitis has already developed, your dentist can often reverse the effects of the gingivitis that is still in the early stages. Symptoms can include:
- Sensitive gums that bleed easily (especially when eating or brushing and flossing)
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that are beginning to recede
- Loose or missing teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Chronic bad breath
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, but can be prevented and even reversed in its early stages with proper dental care, including regular oral exams and professional cleanings. See a dentist right away if you have developed any of the symptoms associated with gingivitis, such as red, swollen or tender gums that bleed easily. For the treatment of gingivitis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker by calling the dental office at (301) 963-8900.