In most cases, the most effective way to preserve your good oral health is to prevent the concerns that could threaten it. However, while common concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease, may be highly preventable, they can also form easier than you might expect, and before you realize it. If a concern does develop that could threaten your smile and oral health, then the most effective option for saving your smile will be to address it as soon as possible. Today, we examine what that looks like in the case of gum disease, and why treating its earliest stage (known as gingivitis) can be important to your long-term oral health.
Knowing when gingivitis develops
As different oral health concerns develop and progress, they can cause a variety of different symptoms that can indicate the nature of the concern. For example, your tooth will start to hurt when its structure starts to erode due to tooth decay. Likewise, your periodontal tissues will exhibit certain reactions when oral bacteria infect them and lead to gingivitis. For instance, you might notice your gums becoming more red and irritated looking, or slight swelling in certain areas around your teeth roots. These can indicate an infection in your gums caused by oral bacteria, and mark the beginning of gingivitis and, potentially, more severe periodontal disease.
Treating the condition in its early stage
When you notice the first few signs of gingivitis, they may not be as alarming as they are in their later stages. Even if your gums seem irritated, they may not feel like it, which can make the condition seem unimportant. Yet, when you take the warning signs seriously and seek treatment for gingivitis, you may be able to restore your good periodontal and oral health with minimal periodontal treatment. For example, with scaling and root planing (or periodontal cleaning), we can carefully remove the bacteria from underneath your gums to stop them from eroding the tissues.
How early treatment protects your smile
Periodontal disease goes through different stages as it progresses, but it will always continue to progress unless you actively treat it. This means addressing the problem early will help you avoid many of the more serious symptoms of periodontal disease, including the increasingly higher risks of tooth loss as the disease compromises your periodontal tissues further. By addressing gingivitis early, you can preserve more of your healthy smile and avoid the need for extensive periodontal and oral health treatment later.
Learn how to stop gingivitis early
Though periodontal disease may be one of the most significant concerns for many people, you have a good chance of mitigating its threat by stopping gingivitis early. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.