Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness, and swelling to your gums. You may have some of these symptoms, but because gingivitis can be mild, you may not know you have it. Even though it is a mild form of gum disease, it is still important to take care of it right away and treat it properly because it may lead to more serious dental issues.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene, which causes plaque to build up and tartar to form. Tartar makes plaque more difficult to remove and requires cleaning from your dental professional. The longer plaque and tartar stay on your teeth and gums, the more irritated your gums can become, thus causing them to bleed more easily and possibly causing tooth decay in some severe cases.
So how can you combat this sneaky dental condition? Visiting your dental professional on a regular basis can help catch gingivitis in its earlier stages and stop it in its tracks. Treatment by a professional as well as continued care at home can usually reverse the symptoms and prevent progression of the disease, too!
With a proper cleaning from your dentist and a good at-home oral hygiene plan, gingivitis usually clears up without causing further damage to your teeth or gums. Make sure to schedule appointments regularly with your dentist and to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Don’t wait another day – request an appointment with Foley Dental Group by calling (618) 288-9670 or by visiting us online at www.foleydentalgroup.com. The rest is easy – come in, kick back, and enjoy some Netflix while we attend to your teeth!