An Overview of Gingivitis and Periodontitis

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Gingivitis and Periodontitis

One of the most common dental concerns affecting patients is gum inflammation, also known as gingivitis. This condition usually causes mild symptoms but requires immediate intervention to prevent its progression into periodontitis. The spread of gingivitis to the periodontium can lead to adversities, including tooth loosening, which precedes tooth loss. Collaborating with your dentist will accurately confirm any underlying causes that can predispose you to Monterey gum disease to ensure that you receive appropriate preventative guidelines to preserve your oral health.

The only way to prevent gum disease

Committing to regular dental hygiene is an effective way to maintain optimal oral health. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is important to prevent plaque buildup. Failure to address plaque accumulation leads to the formation of tartar. You can reverse plaque by brushing. However, tartar requires professional intervention. Tartar affects dental health by causing gum irritation and inflammation. Regular dental appointments will lead to an early diagnosis of underlying gum disease and proper treatment protocols to restore oral health.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease

The initial sign of gum disease is swelling and redness. Patients also report bleeding gums every time they brush their teeth or after biting on hard substances. Gingivitis is the mild stage of gum disease. This disease does not cause pain and can go unnoticed. Failure to receive early intervention can lead to periodontitis, a severe stage of gum disease. It is important to talk to your care provider as soon as possible about any symptoms you are experiencing to begin treatment.

You may notice symptoms of periodontitis once the condition advances. Do not ignore any redness, bleeding gums, receding gums, or increased sensitivity because these signs poi to underlying complications necessitating immediate interventions to prevent adversities like tooth loss, which is irreversible.

What causes gum disease?

Failure to commit to dental hygiene practices leads to plaque formation on your teeth. Plaque is composed of bacteria and is the cause of gum inflammation and swelling. You can minimize gum disease risk by cleaning your teeth regularly. Other common risk factors of gingivitis and periodontitis include:

  • Smoking
  • Metabolic diseases like diabetes
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Immune suppressing medications

The significance of early diagnosis for effective gum disease treatment

The main factor influencing gum disease treatment efficacy is early diagnosis. The earlier you notice signs of gum disease and start treatment, the higher your chances of clinical efficiency. Dentists recommend patients attend regular dental checkups that allow them to stay updated with their oral health status. During your dental checkup, your dentist will inspect your teeth and gum for any signs of underlying concerns like loosening or swelling. You may also need periodontal screening and recording to receive a more detailed diagnosis. Dental visits also involve reviewing your lifestyle and medical history to determine any predispositions to gum disease. Contact Perio & Implant Center of Monterey Bay if you suspect gum complications. Schedule a dental checkup to reveal any underlying concerns and ensure you receive early treatment to restore optimal oral health.