The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

August 4, 2020
Dr. Katherine Nicholson

The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

“Gingivitis” is a big word for a common problem, but it’s not something to take lightly. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease (also known as Periodontal disease) that causes redness, inflammation and swelling of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth.

Common causes of gingivitis are poor oral hygiene that, over time, encourages plaque to form on the teeth. Plaque requires daily removal because it re-forms rapidly. Plaque can then harden into tartar and requires a dental professional to remove it. That tartar build-up can irritate the gums around the base of your teeth, causing them to become swollen and bleed easily. If left untreated, Gingivitis can lead to possible tooth loss over time.

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Healthy gums are firm and pale pink, but if gums become swollen, puffy, or dark red, these can be symptoms of Gingivitis. Also, if gums bleed easily when you brush or floss, or if you experience symptoms of bad breath, these are additional signs of gum disease forming.

The best way to prevent Gingivitis is through good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t forget to floss! Schedule a regular dental cleaning every 6-12 months, and practice good health practices such as healthy eating and blood sugar management.

Dr. Nicholson and all of our staff are here to help safeguard your oral health. If you are experiencing any signs of Gingivitis, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. One of our friendly team members will help set up an appointment.

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