Are your gums sensitive, painful or starting to bleed?
Around half of Americans will develop gum disease at some point during their lifetime. While maintaining good oral hygiene is key to reducing that risk, it’s also just as important that people recognize the early signs of gingivitis so they can turn to our Brighton, MI, dentists Dr. Brian Petersburg and Dr. Brian Giammalva for prompt care to prevent gingivitis from progressing into gum disease.
What is gingivitis?
Throughout the day, plaque builds up on our teeth and along the gum line. Fortunately, we can remove plaque through brushing and flossing; however, if you don’t brush or floss regularly or properly you’ll leave plaque behind. The bacteria within the plaque irritates and inflames the gums. This inflammation is known as gingivitis.
What are the risk factors for gingivitis?
Some of the factors that can increase your chances of developing gingivitis include,
- Poor oral care and hygiene
- Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. pregnancy; menopause)
- Poor nutrition
- Certain medications
- Chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes)
What are the signs and symptoms?
Many people have gingivitis but don’t even know it because in the very beginning stages symptoms just aren’t there. This is why it’s important to visit our Brighton, MI, family dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings, even if you think nothing is wrong. Typically the first sign of gingivitis is bleeding gums. If you find your gums are tender, swollen or red these are also classic symptoms. Bleeding gums should not go ignored. Schedule an appointment with our Brighton, MI, dental team.
How is gingivitis treated?
Since gingivitis is the very beginning stage of gum disease, symptoms tend to be more minor. Therefore, more non-invasive steps can be taken to prevent gingivitis from getting worse. These steps include,
- Using an anti-gingivitis mouth rinse and toothpaste
- Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time
- Flossing every day
- Visiting your dentist for a specialized dental cleaning known as scaling and root planing, designed to remove plaque and tartar from under the gums and roots of the teeth
If you are experiencing sore, bleeding gums, it’s time to see our Brighton, MI, family dentist to find out if you’re dealing with gingivitis. Call Brighton Family Dentistry today at (810) 227-4224 to schedule an evaluation.