Most people assume the worst when they are told by their dentist that they are suffering from Gingivitis. What most don’t realize is that this isn’t a death sentence but a wake-up call. This common form of gum disease is reversible with early treatment and an overall improvement in your oral hygiene habits.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease that affects the gums. It causes redness, pain, swelling, and inflammation around the gumline. It is caused by poor oral health habits like not flossing, not brushing regularly, and avoiding dental checkups. Some common symptoms to look for include:
- Swelling along the gumline or puffiness of the gums
- Gums that are dark red
- Excessive bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Bad breath
- Gums that feel tender or are beginning to recede
When to seek treatment
If you are in pain or notice these symptoms, schedule an appointment with our office immediately. The sooner that you take action, the more likely that you will not suffer any serious consequences. Click on the button below to get in touch with our office.