If you develop gingivitis—the mildest form of gum disease – and you don’t get treatment from your dentist in a timely fashion, you may not just be jeopardizing your oral health but your overall well-being, too.
Patients can recognize the signs of gingivitis merely by monitoring their gums for any noticeable changes, such as bleeding while brushing or flossing, redness or swelling in the gum tissue. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an evaluation at a dental office.
A dentist can treat gingivitis effectively with simply a thorough professional cleaning. This will reduce the presence of the bacteria that cause the inflammation implicated in gingivitis, allowing the gums to return to a healthier state.
That inflammation won’t just harm your smile, either. Research has suggested a correlation between periodontal disease and a variety of other diseases throughout the body, such as heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. So, patients who ignore signs of gum disease may suffer some serious health consequences beyond the oral cavity as a result.
Furthermore, if gum disease progresses to a more advanced form known as periodontitis, the interventions needed to address it become more invasive. For example, the patient may need to undergo root planing and scaling, a more intense form of cleaning in which bacteria is removed from the area between the gums and the tooth’s root. The root may need to be smoothed over to remove spots where bacteria could collect.
In the most advanced forms of periodontal disease, patients may need to undergo surgical procedures, such as gum grafting, to replace gum tissue that has receded.
Don’t ignore gingivitis or postpone treatment if your symptoms are not very severe. Doing so can compromise your smile and even have negative health effects elsewhere in your body. We encourage patients who have noticed any signs of gingivitis to contact our office and arrange for an evaluation by one of our skilled practitioners, so call our caring team today.