Many people have gingivitis and don’t even know it. This means they aren’t taking the necessary precautions and actions to reduce or get rid of the inflammation, which can cause problems later, such as gum disease and tooth decay. So it is important to notice the signs now, so you can fix the problem immediately.
There are many tell-tale signs and symptoms of gingivitis that should motivate you to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Paying attention to the appearance and feeling of your gums is vital. Swollen, soft, puffy, or tender gums may indicate gingivitis. Signs that your gums are not healthy also include recession or darkening in color. Your gums should be a healthy, baby pink. If they are red or if they bleed when you brush or floss, it is important that you see your dentist. Bad breath is also a strong indicator of gingivitis.
Poor oral hygiene that causes plaque and tarter to form on teeth can result in gingivitis, which is why it is crucial to brush and floss daily. Other factors that increase your risk of developing gingivitis include aging, diabetes, smoking, hormonal changes, dry mouth, immune diseases, and medications. Because some factors are unavoidable, it is especially important to visit see your professional dentist regularly.
Treating gingivitis is a combination of at-home and in-office care. As a Beverly Hills dentist, I can evaluate your teeth and gums, remove built-up plaque and tarter, and fix dental fixtures that may prevent good oral hygiene. I can also provide you with the best at-home advice to take care of your teeth and gums daily, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Consistent cleaning and dental check-ups is key in achieving a healthy mouth and effectively treating gingivitis.
For those who feel like they may have gingivitis, or for those who want to prevent it, please schedule a consultation at my Beverly Hills office today. My staff and I welcome your visit.