The First Signs of Gingivitis

There are many signs that point to the onset of gingivitis, more commonly known as gum disease. Recognizing the symptoms and acting on them could be the difference between treating the milder gingivitis or having to spend time with the periodontist undergoing root planing, scaling, or even osseous surgery.

Many patients mistakenly believe that if it doesn’t hurt, there’s nothing wrong. This is one case where that does not apply. Gum tissue may be red, swollen, and bleeding indicating there is definitely a problem, but there may not be any accompanying discomfort.

Chronic bad breath can be attributed to many things. Eating or drinking strong foods or beverages like garlic, onions or coffee can produce bad breath that can usually be eradicated by brushing your teeth or rinsing with mouthwash. Infected tonsils or sinuses can produce a sour smell that will go away with treatment. 

A referral to the periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease, may be your best option to save your teeth.

However, chronic halitosis is often due to a build-up of bacteria on teeth and gums. Smoking, tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption are major contributors to plaque build-up. Once plaque has had a chance to form, the only way to get rid of it is with a thorough cleaning at the hands of your dental professional.

If plaque build-up is allowed to progress, it can result in gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis. At this point gum tissue may be pulling away from teeth or teeth may start to feel loose. A referral to the periodontist, a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease, may be your best option to save your teeth.

Depending on the severity of gum disease, the periodontist may perform root planing and scaling which is a procedure where a deep cleaning of the root beneath the gum tissue you can see is performed. The root is smoothed which will help prevent plaque from building up again.

Once gum disease has been diagnosed, follow up hygiene visits may be recommended every four months as opposed to the six month intervals for patients with healthy teeth and gums.

Actions you can take to impede plaque build-up include: brush at least twice per day, floss at least once per day, and rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash as recommended by your dentist. Limit sugary snacks and make sure you keep dental appointments.

Finally, follow the advice given by your dental provider for the best oral health possible. For additional information, contact our knowledgeable and dedicated team at Euro Dental Studio today.

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