Gingivitis is one of the most common forms of gum disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around half of adults over the age of 30 have gingivitis or some form of gum disease. The early stages of the disease can be treated by practicing proper dental hygiene and getting routine cleanings from the dental office. However, later stages may need specialized treatment to prevent infection.
If you have sensitive gums or need a cleaning to prevent or treat gingivitis, Dr. Scott Greenhalgh can help. He can create a treatment plan for you while providing other general dentistry services. If you need help improving your gum health, call us today at 303-988-9060. We serve patients from Lakewood, Denver, Golden, and the rest of Colorado.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes swelling, bleeding, and irritation of the gingiva due to inflammation caused by plaque buildup. If the plaque on your teeth isn’t cleaned, the bacteria in the plaque start to inflame the gums. It is this inflammation and early infection that leads to the symptoms of gum disease.
What causes Gingivitis?
Gingivitis occurs when there is a buildup of bacteria and filmy plaque on the teeth. There are several factors that increase your risk of gingivitis, including:
- Poor dental hygiene
- A dry mouth
- Hormonal changes (pregnancy, birth control, etc.)
For most people, however, poor dental hygiene is one of the largest factors contributing to gum disease.
What are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?
Some of the most common symptoms of gingivitis are:
- Swollen, receding, or bleeding gums
- Plaque buildup
- Bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
While the symptoms are minimal at the beginning, gingivitis should be treated as soon as possible.
How is Gingivitis treated?
Gingivitis is usually reversible with a combination of good oral hygiene and professional cleaning. We will monitor your gum health and provide treatment recommendations to restore dental wellness. If you are instead in the advanced stages of periodontitis, Dr. Greenhalgh can help stop the progression with root planing and deep scaling treatments.
What Happens if Gingivitis is Left Untreated?
While gingivitis starts out relatively mild, it can progress into a more serious form of periodontitis if left untreated. Eventually, the plaque will harden into tartar, causing infection and tooth loss. Research also suggests that severe periodontal disease has a strong link with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and more.
How can I Prevent Gingivitis?
The most effective way to prevent gingivitis is to maintain good dental hygiene. Make sure you brush your teeth twice per day and floss regularly to reach the spots that your toothbrush misses. Another good way to prevent gum disease is to visit a dentist every six months for a cleaning. Dr. Greenhalgh can remove tartar buildup, spot gingivitis in its early stages, and help prevent tooth loss.
Schedule a Gingivitis Check Up Today
If you want to learn more about preventing gum disease or need treatment for gingivitis, contact Dr. Greenhalgh today at 303-988-9060 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Greenhalgh will provide you with a variety of treatment options and preventative measures to keep your teeth healthy. We proudly serve patients from around Colorado, including Golden, Lakewood, and Denver.