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What Are The Symptoms Of Gingivitis?

Cartoon of sad teeth sitting on gums with gingivitis

There’s a specter that lives in our bathrooms, our dental offices, our brushing kit, and its name is gingivitis. When we go to our twice-yearly visits it’s inevitable that the term is going to come up as we get checked for evidence of it forming on our gums, when we hear advertisements about toothpaste, brushes, and mouthwash it’s a common boogeyman that’s mentioned, but what exactly is it, and how do we know when we might have it?

What Is Gingivitis And How Do We Get It?

Gingivitis is an infection of the gums that causes tenderness, bleeding, halitosis (bad breath) and sensitivity in the teeth. It’s also the foundation of the more serious oral disease known as periodontitis, a condition that when left untreated can lead to a receding gum line resulting in sensitivity and loss of teeth. This condition can also contribute to plaque and cavity formation, as well as abscesses, a far more serious form of infection that sets in deep in the gum-line at the root of the tooth. The most common origin of gingivitis and periodontitis? Poor dental hygiene as the result of failing to brush and improper flossing techniques.

What Symptoms Will Let Me Know I May Have Gingivitis?

There are a number of indicators that can reveal that you may be suffering from gingivitis. All of these are the result of bacteria growing in your mouth that are waging war against your gums and teeth, leading to a number of unpleasant symptoms. Among the more immediately noticeable are gums that are swollen or puffy, bad breath (halitosis), and a receding gum-line. Others that are will appear when brushing including gums that are tender to the touch and that bleed during your normal brushing process. In some cases, the gums will also be dark red or dusky red rather than a healthy pink.

What Should I Do If I Think I Have Gingivitis?

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above it’s likely that you have gingivitis and should schedule an appointment to see your dentist immediately. These conditions are just a precursor to the more serious condition known as periodontitis and can have a lasting impact on your oral, and overall health. Research has revealed that oral health plays an unexpectedly large role in the systemic health of your entire body, and thus the appearance of gingivitis has ramifications that extend far beyond your dental well-being.

If you suspect that you are suffering from gingivitis, or simply haven’t seen a dentist in the last six months, it’s time to contact Dr. Shadi Heidarian at Heritage Park Dental for an appointment and consultation. During your appointment, you’ll experience a gentle exam as your current oral health is examined and the possibility of gingivitis is assessed. Based on the results of this exam you’ll be scheduled for additional treatments to help tend to your oral health and ensure you get back on the road to a long life with a beautiful smile. Left unattended gingivitis can be a serious concern, so make the call today!