Gingivitis occurs when the gums become inflamed. This usually occurs as a result of plaque or bacteria forming on the teeth. While gingivitis is a less serious form of gum disease than periodontitis, it can develop into periodontitis if left untreated. The warning signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums, often accompanied by bleeding. You may also experience bouts of bad breath or halitosis. This condition can usually be cleared up by more frequent and longer brushing, and more conscientious application of flossing. The condition can be diagnosed by your North Conway dental team, so you can take steps to correct it.
Causes of gingivitis
When plaque accumulates around the teeth, it triggers an immune response which causes the gums to become inflamed. The inflammation can lead to damaged gum tissue. If the plaque is not promptly removed, it will harden into a substance called tartar, and this must be removed by professionals such as Dr. Allan Mulandi or Dr. Williams from Eastern Slope Dental.
A North Conway, NH dentist or oral hygienist will examine your mouth for the presence of gingivitis. The dental professionals will also check for any warning signs of periodontitis. This can be done using X-rays or periodontal probing, which is a process that measures pocket depths in the area surrounding each tooth. If discovered in time, gingivitis can be eliminated successfully, with the help of your dentist and with good at-home oral hygiene. When it is left untreated, it can lead to more serious types of periodontal issues that can result in tooth loss.
Please call us to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about gingivitis or other oral health issues. Schedule a routine exam and let our dental professionals assess your oral health.