The importance of taking care of your oral health cannot be understated. From tooth decay to oral disease, without practicing proper oral care, you can face serious consequences.
One of those consequences is gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. Gingivitis is easily manageable with the help of a dentist. But, if left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis.
Periodontitis may result in loss of jaw bone and, in some cases, lead to life-threatening complications.
Can You Develop Gingivitis If You Brush and Floss?
Gingivitis has a variety of symptoms, including bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, loose teeth, sensitivity to temperature, and pain or discomfort when eating.
Though associated with poor dental hygiene, gingivitis can develop even with regular brushing and flossing.
Additionally, from dry mouth to hormonal changes and certain medications, gingivitis can develop even with a proper oral care routine. That’s why it’s vital to routinely visit the dentist.
What Happens If You Don’t Address Gingivitis?
Though gingivitis is not deadly by itself, it can progress if left untreated. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that exhibits worsening symptoms with bleeding gums, receding gums, and even tooth loss.
Once periodontitis advances, a dentist may still be able to help you, but there is no guarantee that all your teeth can be saved. The issue is that periodontitis infection can spread.
Due to the spread of infection, periodontitis has even been implicated in worsening or potentially even causing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The chronic inflammation present due to periodontitis has been linked to a higher, earlier mortality rate.
Stop Gingivitis From Spreading By Working with Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
If it has been some time since your last dentist appointment and you’ve been facing bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, bad breath, or more, make sure you find a capable, caring dentist.
Don’t wait. Gingivitis can progress and cause unnecessary pain and ailments.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh and his team understand the importance of proper oral health. They have devoted themselves to offering you premium dental care. With a variety of tools and techniques at his disposal, Dr. Greenhalgh is sure to help you fight back against gingivitis.
If you’re interested in protecting your gums and teeth, call 303-988-9060 to schedule an appointment.