Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. You might have an oral condition known as gingivitis and not even realize it. You might also hear your dentist refer to gingivitis as periodontal disease. Whatever it might be called, let’s learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions.
What Exactly Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is caused by the lingering presence of tartar and plaque. The bacteria that come along with these unwanted visitors will eventually cause your gums to inflame. You might feel you that your gums are constantly sore or bleeding as a result. Although this is a type of gum disease, it’s relatively easy to deal with; you just need to improve your oral and dental health regimen and visit your dentist more often than every three years. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash will be your first line of defense.
When left untreated, gingivitis evolves into periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease. At this point, your teeth may start to decay and fall out, because the connective tissue securing them to your mouth has failed.
How Does It Affect You?
Healthy gums should be pink and feel firm when you touch them. If you don’t like the look of your gums because they are so often swollen and red, we understand that it is unsightly. However, it’s a sign you need treatment. You might be reluctant to brush and floss because your gums bleed whenever you do, but it’s another sign you are overdue for your next dentist appointment. You might also notice that your gums are disappearing, and no matter what you do, you have bad breath.
What Causes It?
As we noted above, plaque and tartar deposits are the main culprits. But if you don’t take care of your teeth, your gums, and your mouth, gingivitis can also start developing. During pregnancy, hormone levels in your body will be fluctuating, so although this sounds unlikely, you might also develop gingivitis. Some other factors include how old you are, your family history, and whether or not you smoke. So if you think you have gingivitis, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube!