Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Are they red, puffy, or swollen? Do you have bad breath or are your gums changing color? If you answered "yes" to any above questions, you may be experiencing symptoms of a gum disease known as gingivitis. It is very important to have your gums checked for gingivitis because it can develop into more serious gum issues, resulting in losing some teeth if it goes on for a prolonged amount of time. Gingivitis is fairly common, and it is usually easily prevented and treated by good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. Dr. Phillip Greer of Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL is who you need to call if you think you may have signs of gingivitis.
Typically, when someone has gingivitis, they aren't even aware of it! The reason is because usually gingivitis is not painful. Healthy gums are pink in color, but if you have gingivitis, your gums are red, puffy, and will bleed very easily when you brush and floss. Those that smoke, don't practice good oral hygiene, or have diabetes are at a greater risk of developing gingivitis. Dentists recommend attending regular dental visits at least twice a year for cleanings. When you go to regular hygiene visits, the hygienist removes plaque that could potentially turn into calculus, which is built up plaque that is hardened over time and irritates the gum line. This could potentially cause gingivitis.
Gingivitis can be treated or reversed if it is caught in time. Treating your gingivitis will prevent further periodontal problems. It is best that you start with getting an in depth cleaning with the hygienist at the dental office. At Sweet Water Dentistry, we are currently offering a $59.99 new patient cleaning special, so don't miss out! Call us today!