One of the most common causes of tooth loss is periodontal disease or gum
disease. Gum disease is a
progressive infection that occurs in stages. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. If
the infection is allowed to progress unchecked, serious oral consequences
can result. Visiting your dentist every six months for routine exams and
dental cleanings can help your teeth and gums stay healthy. You should
also watch out for the possible signs of gingivitis and make an additional
appointment at your dental office if you notice any abnormalities.
When a person’s gums are healthy, they appear pale pink and are relatively
firm. When afflicted by gingivitis, the gums become inflamed, puffy, and
dusky red. Patients may notice some
tenderness and swelling of the gums. The inflammation occurs as a result of the gum irritation caused by toxins
produced by the bacteria.
Inflamed, puffy gums tend to be more susceptible to bleeding. If your gums
bleed easily despite exercising caution while brushing and flossing, it’s
time to schedule an appointment at your dental office for a periodontal
Bad breath is a common problem that doesn’t always signal gum disease.
However, if you suffer from persistent bad breath despite brushing your
teeth and avoiding odoriferous foods, you may be developing gingivitis.
If you detect the signs of gingivitis in a timely manner and receive a
deep cleaning from your dental hygienist, then the condition can be easily
reversed. However, failing to get dental care promptly can allow gingivitis
to progress to periodontitis. When this happens, the gums can begin to
recede, which makes the teeth appear longer. The gums also begin to form
deeper pockets, which trap more food debris and bacteria, and may even
result in the accumulation of pus.
Eagle Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive and Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road offer
specialized and general dentistry services in Bloomingdale, IL, including
periodontics. The dentists and oral surgeons in the MyDentist family are
committed to furthering the prevention and effective treatment of gingivitis
and other forms of gum disease. You can request a periodontal or general
dentistry appointment by calling (630) 894-5992.