The First Signs of Gingivitis

dentist CarrolltonAs periodontal disease advances, the treatments needed to eliminate the inflammation become increasingly invasive. If gum disease progresses to the point at which the gums begin receding or bone is lost, you may be facing a dental procedure.

Fortunately, a dentist can treat the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, with a thorough cleaning. This reduces the presence of oral bacteria and the mild inflammation associated with gingivitis.

The key to preventing a more invasive treatment for gum disease is monitoring your gums for signs of gingivitis so that you can have the condition treated earlier.

Gingivitis can be associated with a change in color in the gums, with the shade switching from a healthy pink to a deeper red. Patients with gingivitis may also notice that their gums have become swollen and tender. Another gingivitis symptom is having gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing.

If you notice some early symptoms of gingivitis, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a professional cleaning that can help to remedy the condition. Most patients find that their gingivitis responds well to such a treatment.

In fact, keeping semi-annual dental appointments can also give you a head start on detecting gingivitis. When your dentist is examining your gums on a regular basis and the hygienist is thoroughly cleaning your teeth every few months, you’ll be taking important steps toward minimizing the oral bacteria that cause gingivitis and more advanced gum disease.

Patients who accumulate plaque and tartar more quickly and may be at a greater risk for developing gingivitis may want to visit their dentists even more frequently to clear away that plaque and tartar on a regular basis. This can also keep gingivitis at bay.

Monitoring your gums for signs of gingivitis can help you avoid more advanced forms of gum disease and the more involved interventions that they require. If you notice any disconcerting symptoms, contact the office of Dr. Kimberly Capua at 972-418-1811 to schedule an exam and cleaning today.