Gingivitis– The Early Stage of Gum Disease…
Gingivitis is a very common and mild form of gum (periodontal) disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gums. Because gingivitis can be very mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition. But it’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease (periodontitis) and eventual tooth loss.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Good oral health habits, such as regular professional checkups and daily brushing and flossing, can help prevent gingivitis.
Healthy gums are firm and pale pink. If your gums are puffy, dusky red and bleed easily, you may have gingivitis. Because gingivitis is seldom painful, you can have gingivitis without even knowing it. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis may include:
· Swollen gums
· Soft, puffy gums
· Receding gums
· Occasionally, tender gums
· Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss, sometimes seen as redness or pinkness on your brush or floss
· A change in the color of your gums from a healthy pink to dusky red
· Bad breath
When to see your dentist
At Silicon Valley Smile Solutions, we recommend regular checkups to identify gingivitis, cavities (caries) and other dental conditions before they cause troubling symptoms and lead to more-serious problems. It is imperative for you to schedule an appointment with Dr. HagShenas if you notice any signs and symptoms of gingivitis. The sooner you seek care, the better your chances of reversing damage from gingivitis and preventing its progression to more-serious conditions.