Gingivitis: What You Need To Know

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When the gums become inflamed, often due to poor oral hygiene, this could lead to gingivitis. At this stage, treatment is absolutely crucial to avoid the onset of periodontal disease or even periodontitis (a factor in the onset of adult tooth loss). In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about what you need to know regarding gingivitis.

The Causes

The gums could become inflamed due to poor oral hygiene habits, such as lack of proper brushing and flossing or infrequent visits for professional cleanings. This allows plaque and tartar buildup to worsen and irritate the gingival tissues. Other factors include a family history of poor periodontal health, smoking and tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, certain medications, or inflammatory illnesses. If any of these potential risk factors apply to you, consider seeing us for an exam and cleaning to see if you benefit from treatment.

The Warning Signs and Dangers

The warning signs may vary, and could include soreness in the gums, redness, or bleeding when you brush and floss. If one or more of these potential symptoms apply to you, then see our team right away for a diagnosis. Without treatment, the inflammation will grow more severe and then leads to pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria enter these pockets, periodontal disease develops. Gingivitis can be reversed, but gum disease cannot be cured. Once you have periodontal disease, lack of treatment to manage it could be a recipe for worsening discomfort and even adult tooth loss.

Treatment With Scaling and Root Planing

How do we manage this issue? To reverse gingivitis, our team may recommend a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. This can also be used to begin managing periodontal disease too, protecting your smile from the late stages linked to adult tooth loss. The process begins with our team numbing the smile to ensure your comfort. We then use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to gently break up and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots. Once we do, we polish the smile thoroughly. The procedure could take one visit, or up to four, depending on how severe the buildup actually is. A routine cleaning every three to four months can help manage the issue and safeguard your smile’s health and stability.

If you have any questions about how we use a deep cleaning to protect smiles, then contact our team today.

Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Gum Inflammation

With our periodontal services, we can help preserve and protect your smile. If you would like to learn more about protecting your gum health, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867. A healthy and whole smile is possible!