Gum disease for some can be a silent killer…On many occasions you’ll be at your check-up visit your cosmetic dentist of hygienist tells you that you have gum disease. This can be gingivitis or periodontitis.
So, if you haven’t heard of gum disease before you’re probably thinking:
What is gum disease? Is it serious? Is it treatable?
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums characterized by gum irritation, redness, swelling and sometimes bleeding. Gingivitis symptoms are fairly mild and can even be painless. It is important to visit our clinic for your regular check-ups with our cosmetic dentist London so gingivitis can be diagnosed, especially if symptoms are not obvious.
What Is Periodontitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal, or gum disease, and should be taken seriously. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to full-blown gum disease-periodontitis, which can lead to receding and damaged gums as well as bone and tooth loss. This will manifest itself in mobile teeth and eventually teeth loss.
What Causes Gum disease?
Gingivitis is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. When plaque is not removed by proper brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque hardens and turns into what is called tartar. Plaque and tartar build-up around the gum line causes gum irritation and inflammation or, in other words, gingivitis.
Other factors may contribute to the development of gingivitis such as hormonal changes (especially during pregnancy), smoking, certain medications or illnesses and genetic predisposition like diabetes .
Is Gingivitis Reversible?
Finding out you have gingivitis can be worrisome but here’s the good news: good oral hygiene habits and professional teeth cleaning London can, in most cases, rid you of gingivitis.
There is another category of gum disease that affects the gum surrounding dental implant London called mucositis and peri-implantitis which resemble gingivitis and periodontitis. Your implant dentist London can give you the best advice on how best to look after your implants and to revers such inflammatory condition.
Proper oral hygiene not only prevents gingivitis but treats it as well. Professional teeth cleaning as recommended by your cosmetic dentist, daily brushing and flossing, and regular use of an antibacterial mouthwash can keep bacteria found in plaque at bay, effectively preventing and treating gingivitis.
So, yes, gingivitis is reversible! By treating it early and following the instructions of your dental care provider, you can treat gingivitis and smile on!
Keep Your Smile Healthy
A smile shouldn’t only be happy, it should be healthy too! Your oral health is the gateway to your overall health and wellness. So, if you’ve been diagnosed with gingivitis, practice proper oral hygiene care and you’ll have your healthy smile back in no time. Call us with any questions