When our gums become inflamed, this could cause gingivitis. Without treatment, your inflammation means serious issues with your oral health, including the onset of tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about how to recognize the warning signs of gingivitis, and when you seek treatment from our team.
The Causes of Your Inflammation
Your gingival tissues could become inflamed for a number of different reasons. For example, lack of proper brushing and flossing could allow food particles to remain trapped between teeth, vulnerable for bacteria to break down. This process then coats the teeth in plaque buildup, irritating and inflaming the tissues. Inflammatory illnesses and certain medications could be a factor as well. Lack of professional dental cleanings to remove the buildup could allow gingivitis to form, as could a family history of periodontal issues. Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products could be harmful too!
Risks for Your Oral Health
Initially, you will notice that your gums appear redder than normal, and may feel sore or bleed easily when you brush and floss. At this point, you should see us right away. Without treatment, the inflammation will grow more severe with time. Eventually, this causes the tissue to pull away from the teeth. The exposed pockets allow bacteria to enter them, causing the onset of gum disease. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot be cured, and instead routine care is ended to manage it and prevent the later stages linked to worsening pain and tooth loss.
Treatment with a Scaling and Root Planing
We have a deep cleaning process to help reverse the inflammation and protect your smile. A scaling and root planing involves removing plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool. We remove the buildup from both the teeth and the roots too. For some, this could take one visit, while others may need two to four visits to complete the process. We then polish the teeth thoroughly for a smoother finish and brighter appearance. Afterward, you should undergo routine cleanings every three to four months to control buildup and prevent the resurgence of inflammation. You also help with daily brushing and flossing, avoiding tobacco products, and regular visits to your dentist.
If you have any questions, then contact our team today! Now is a great time to see us, as you can put your remaining dental insurance benefits to use.
Do You Have Questions About Stopping Gingivitis?
Our team wants to help you avoid periodontitis and tooth loss with treatment in the early stages of inflammation. If you want to learn about how to keep your gums healthy and strong, then contact Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA by calling 310-446-4867 today.