Oral health is a vital factor in order to attain over-all wellness. Since the mouth is considered the dirtiest part of the body, it is no wonder why we should do what we can to keep it in pristine condition.
Gingivitis is one of the most common oral diseases. CDC’s data shows that 52.9% of adults in the U.S. who are over 20 have this condition, making it the most widespread periodontal problem. Since it usually starts as a painless condition, many people do not bother going to the dentist to have this problem resolved until it has progressed into a far more menacing disease.
What Is Gingivitis?
This is a non-destructive periodontal disease wherein there is inflammation of the gums. It is caused by poor oral hygiene or lack of proper debridement measures in most cases.
Gingivitis can either be a localized or generalized condition. It can be acute or chronic. Acute gingivitis is associated with trauma, microorganisms or specific infections. Chronic gingivitis is caused by bacterial biofilm. Plaque adheres to the lower third of the crown or the gingival level. This is a sticky and yellowish white substance that makes a great breeding ground for harmful microorganisms. If this substance is not removed, gingivitis will develop.
Please note that certain medicines, systemic conditions, genetic predisposition and also malnutrition can cause gingivitis. Studies also show that gingivitis is dangerous to your health, especially if you are pregnant, familial history of heart disease and diabetes.
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Symptoms of Gingivitis Disease
The disease is easy to spot, especially if you are a person who is usually particular about your oral hygiene. Bright red or purple gums, bleeding after flossing or brushing, inflammation, pain and halitosis (bad breath) are the classic symptoms of gingivitis disease.
While it might seem relatively harmless, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a severe and painful condition wherein the infection affects subgingival structures like the periodontal ligament, tooth sockets and the bone. This disease is aggressive and can lead to severe complications. Subgingival scaling and root planing or open flap surgery may be required to treat periodontitis. This is why it would be best to seek appropriate dental care before gingivitis progresses.
Debridement of the area above and below the gum line is the best way to eradicate gingivitis. Dr. Hauser, DDS, has a team of registered dental hygienists. They can restore your gums to stop gingivitis in its tracks.
How You Can Prevent Gingivitis Disease
While proper gingivitis treatment can get rid of the problem, keep in mind that this will not be enough. A patient should brush his or her teeth at least twice daily and floss to avoid the disease from recurring. It would also be best to visit the dentist regularly for tooth cleaning, especially if you have systemic issues or are genetically predisposed to develop gingivitis.
Gingivitis starts out mildly, which explains why most people do not feel alarmed when they develop this condition. However, Dr. Hauser, DDS, of Lakefront Family Dentistry would like to encourage you to take better care of your teeth. If you think you need gingivitis treatment or would like to learn more about how to prevent this condition, please call (951) 244-9495 to schedule an appointment.