May 31, 2016

Signs and Symptoms of Gingivitis

You’ve probably heard about gingivitis but do you really know what it is? Do you know what causes it or what it does to your teeth? Do we know how to treat the problem, or even better, know how to prevent it? If you’re interested in learning more about this issue, please read on.

As an early stage of gum disease, gingivitis is caused by a buildup of plaque on the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Sadly, gingivitis can affect everyone, but fortunately there are signs and symptoms that you can watch for. These symptoms include bleeding gums, pain, discomfort, and red and swollen gums. However, you can have gingivitis without having these different symptoms.

However, if you have gum disease, there won’t be much you can do from home. In fact, if you try to care for gum disease at home, bacteria could enter your bloodstream. This can be extremely dangerous because once bacteria enters your gum stream, it can lead to issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and even problems with your lungs.

To avoid these problems, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team right away. Similarly, we recommend visiting our practice once every six months so our team can inspect the health of your gums.

If you are worried about gingivitis, please don’t hesitate to contact Exceptional Dentistry at 661.349.7725. Dr. James D. Powell and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!