What Is Gingivitis?

attractive young woman with long curly hair sitting and eating heart shaped cookiesIf your dentist at Taylor Street Dental has told you that you have gingivitis, you may be worried about what treatment may entail. You might not be familiar with this condition and what it can do to an otherwise healthy smile. Drs. Peck, Homsi, Tyra, and Seo of Springfield, MA, can assist you in finding out more about your condition, how it can be treated, and what can be done to prevent it in the future.

Understanding Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a common oral condition that affects the gums. The gums become inflamed, swollen, and red in color, which can be uncomfortable and cause sensitive teeth. It is also possible to develop bad breath if you have gingivitis.

What Causes Gingivitis To Develop?

There are several factors that contribute to gingivitis. For example, poor dental hygiene can lead to plaque buildup on your teeth and below the gum line, which encourages bacterial growth. And certain medical conditions like pregnancy or diabetes can make it more difficult for your body to fight off these bacteria.

What Happens if I Don’t Treat Gingivitis?

If you do not treat gingivitis, it can progress to periodontal disease. The dangerous part about this is that the bacteria that live under the gum can travel through your bloodstream and lead to other major health problems, such as heart disease.

How Can I Prevent or Treat This Condition?

However, there are steps you can take to prevent or relieve this condition, including brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings. Additionally, there are medications and other treatments that can help if gingivitis is more severe or persistent.

Schedule an Appointment at Taylor Street Dental Today!

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of gingivitis, speak to your dental team in Springfield, MA, right away for a diagnosis and recommendations on how to treat the condition. With proper care, you can prevent gingivitis from affecting your oral health in the long run. Our team can also help you in managing your symptoms and restore your smile’s appearance and health after infection. Call 413-781-7645 to request a visit to our practice.

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