Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and while it is readily treatable, it’s important for patients to be aware of the early signs of this condition so that they can seek dental treatment promptly.
Gingivitis is marked by a number of signs of minor inflammation, including gum tissue that is noticeably red or swollen. Gums that bleed when you brush or floss also can indicate gingivitis.
If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to bring them to your dentist’s attention. Your dentist may also notice the signs and advise you of appropriate treatment to address gingivitis.
Delaying dental care when symptoms of gingivitis are present can have more serious consequences for your oral health. Gum disease is a progressive condition, and it will advance if it’s not treated. Eventually, patients can develop periodontitis, in which pockets develop between the gums and the teeth. The teeth can become loose, and in the most advanced stages of gum disease, tooth and bone loss can occur.
Addressing gingivitis when it develops is another compelling reason to visit your dentist every six months. It’s easier for dentists to identify early symptoms of gingivitis when they see patients on a regular basis.
Of course, you shouldn’t leave everything in the hands of your dentist, either. Monitor your gums for any concerns on a regular basis, and contact our office if you identify potential symptoms of gingivitis.
You should also follow your dentist’s instructions on brushing and flossing to reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop gum disease in the first place. Check in with a member of our team to make sure that you’re using the proper technique and see if you need to make any adjustments to your routine.
Gingivitis can be readily treated, but it’s important to have it addressed before it has the chance to develop into a more advanced form of gum disease. Call today to schedule an appointment if you notice any swelling, redness or bleeding in your gums.