Signs of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is a common oral health problem that occurs when the gums become inflamed due to a buildup of bacteria and plaque. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to more serious conditions such as periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and other health problems.
As a patient, it's important to be aware of the signs of gingivitis so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible. In this blog post, we'll discuss the common signs of gingivitis and what you can do to prevent it.
- Red and swollen gums
One of the most common signs of gingivitis is red and swollen gums. If your gums appear to be inflamed and tender to the touch, it's likely that you have gingivitis. Healthy gums should be pink and firm.
- Bleeding gums
Another common sign of gingivitis is bleeding gums. If you notice blood when you brush or floss your teeth, it's likely that your gums are inflamed and infected. Bleeding gums can also be a sign of more serious oral health problems, so it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.
- Bad breath
Gingivitis is often accompanied by bad breath, or halitosis. This is because the bacteria and plaque that cause gingivitis produce a foul odor. If you have persistent bad breath that doesn't go away even after brushing and flossing, you may have gingivitis.
- Receding gums
As gingivitis progresses, it can cause the gums to recede or pull away from the teeth. This can create pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria can grow and cause further damage to the gums and teeth.
- Loose teeth
In severe cases of gingivitis, the teeth may become loose and may even fall out. This is because the infection can damage the tissue and bone that support the teeth, causing them to become loose and unstable.
Prevention is key when it comes to gingivitis. To prevent gingivitis, it's important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. If you notice any signs of gingivitis, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the condition from progressing to more serious oral health problems.
At Simi Valley Periodontics, we offer a variety of treatments for gingivitis and other gum diseases. Our team of periodontists is committed to helping you maintain optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, don't hesitate to contact us today.