While caring for your teeth is important, it is your gums that can be at the highest risk of disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth can help reduce tooth decay, but it is also important to prevent gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal or gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and put you at risk for other serious health conditions. Our team at Thousand Oaks Dental is here to help you fight gingivitis and prevent the health issues that come with gum disease with our periodontal care services.
Your gums are the foundation of your oral health. When food particles get left between teeth and at the gum line, they attract bacteria. These bacteria form plaque, which if not removed, can harden into tartar. This bacterial growth and tartar can irritate the gums, causing them to become inflamed and tender. This is gingivitis and it is the first step towards more severe periodontitis that can put your health and smile at risk.
Help for Swollen Gums That Bleed Easily
One of the first signs of gingivitis for most people is gums that bleed easily. Often you will notice it when you brush or floss your teeth – a small amount of blood may be mixed with your salvia. This means your gums are swollen, making it easy to break the thin skin and causing bleeding. However, gingivitis can be treated and stopped from progressing to more severe gum disease.
To treat gingivitis, there are several options available. First, our dental hygienist will perform a thorough exam of your gums, measuring any pockets that have formed from the gums receding from the teeth. Depending on the severity, the hygienist and Dr. Thompson will discuss professional deep cleaning options to remove any tartar and stop the inflammation. In some cases, special mouthwash or other medications may be recommend for home care between cleanings.
Gingivitis is treatable and should not be ignored. If allowed to progress, it can put you at higher risk for stroke, type 2 diabetes, tooth loss and other health conditions. Contact us today to schedule your checkup and cleaning.