What is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis?

You may have heard the term but didn’t know what it was. The term Gingivitis can be frightening if you are unaware of what it is. Simply put, it is the inflammation of the gums. In itself, it is not serious, but it can lead to dental problems if it’s not treated properly.

What causes gingivitis?

Gingivitis is generally caused by a buildup of plaque in and around the teeth. But there are also other causes. The buildup can occur due to the presence of certain types of bacteria, an allergic reaction, malnutrition, or even genetic factors. It can also sometimes occur for apparently no reason at all. While it is considered to be a non-destructive dental condition, it is important that it is diagnosed and treated early by a dental professional.

Importance of Early Treatment

 An early diagnosis means dentists can treat it before it progresses to a more serious condition. Although gingivitis is not serious in most cases, when left untreated it can lead to periodontitis or gum disease. This can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

How do you know if you have gingivitis? The actual condition requires a diagnosis from a dental professional. Initially, you may notice swollen gums. Once it becomes more severe it can cause symptoms such as bright red gums, bad breath, bleeding during brushing or flossing, and receding gums. If you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to discuss it with a dental professional.

Treatment

The good news is that many cases of gingivitis can be reversed with proper treatment. If you suspect that you have gingivitis and you live in or around Bala Cynwyd, PA, contact Oasis Dental for an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Spieler and his team can provide you with a treatment plan that can reverse some or all of the effects of a case of gingivitis.

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