Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that is characterized by inflammation of the gum tissues. If not treated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which is a serious gum condition that can cause infection, bone loss and tooth loss. Gingivitis often has few symptoms, but it is easily prevented. Our Los Angeles dental implants specialist recommends becoming familiar with the condition so that you can act quickly to stop its progression.
Gingivitis is caused by plaque, a colorless film that adheres to teeth and contains bacteria that can damage the teeth and gums. Although some people are more prone to gingivitis due to genetic factors, most of us develop gingivitis due to inadequate dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and flossing daily can help keep plaque under control and reduce your risk of gum disease.
You may be likely to experience inflamed gums, gums that are swollen or gums that bleed when teeth are brushed or flossed.
Good dental hygiene will help you get back on the right track. Our periodontist, Dr. Afar, will perform a comprehensive exam. A deep cleaning may be recommended to remove plaque and tartar buildup from above and below the gumline. Developing and maintaining excellent hygiene habits and using antimicrobials or other treatments as prescribed can help restore your gum health and get you back on the road to good dental health.
Give us a call today to schedule your next checkup or professional cleaning with Dr. Afar.