Symptoms of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is one of the most common oral health problems, and most American adults will suffer from it at some point in life. Left untreated, gingivitis can result in advanced periodontitis and potentially systemic problems, including cardiovascular disease. Reviewing the symptoms of gingivitis is a smart step towards avoiding the long-term complications of it. Here is more about gingivitis and the signs that patients should seek treatment.
The earliest symptoms of gingivitis include gum swelling, redness, tenderness and bleeding during brushing and flossing. If patients seek timely treatment, they may avoid more advanced symptoms of gum disease. However, individuals who delay treatment and neglect their oral health may experience tooth loosening, tooth loss, abscess and heart disease as the bacteria involved in periodontitis grow further out of control.
Causes of Gingivitis
Gingivitis may be caused by a variety of factors in different individuals. In many cases, patients with gingivitis may be predisposed to the disease due to heredity. However, smoking or a poor diet that stunts the immune system and feeds bad oral bacteria can result in gingivitis as well. Many patients suffer from progression of the disease because they are unaware of gingivitis symptoms and have not received regular check-ups in the past.
Treatments for Gingivitis
Depending on the symptoms patients are experiencing, our dentist may recommend moderate or advanced treatments. Early gingivitis may be resolved and reversed with antimicrobial mouthwash and scaling and root planing, which involves scraping plaque and tartar from the teeth above and below the gum line. When severe periodontitis has developed, our dentist may recommend gum flap surgery to remove hard-to-reach plaque and tartar or tissue grafting to restore damaged oral tissues.
Symptoms of gingivitis often develop over many years, giving patients ample opportunity to seek appropriate treatment before the disease becomes advanced. At a consultation with our periodontist in Los Angeles, patients can learn more about gingivitis symptoms and treatments.
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