Properly and efficiently treating gingivitis is extremely important to maintaining the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. When gingivitis appears, it is necessary to take all of the necessary measures to completely remove the issues before this condition can cause additional problems or before develops into a more serious condition.
Signs of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is characterized by a gum disease that causes inflammation and redness in the gums. Although gingivitis is not always serious, if it is left uncared for, it can cause a serious gum disease called periodontitis, and that condition is linked to tooth loss.
Someone with gingivitis will usually have swollen gums that are pink and puffy, appearing “bloated” and irritated. Often brushing and flossing will cause bleeding, and the gums may even begin receding from the teeth. Gingivitis is also known to cause bad breath, and while not cosmetic, this side effect is unpleasant and hard to treat with brushing alone once the condition has developed.
Professional Gingivitis Care
When gingivitis appears, it will usually need to be a team effort to completely remove the disease. At Mr. James R. Anderson’s Kansas City, MO general dentistry office, our entire team is committed to building a foundation of trust with each and every patient. By treating our patients as special individual, we show that we understand how anxious and uncomfortable some patients may feel about their dental visits. We strive to provide a relaxing and positive experience for every individual who comes into our office, regardless of their specific dental issues.
Patients with gingivitis should know that the cracks, gaps, and spaces between teeth and gums can be difficult to reach at home (which is why flossing is an essential everyday habit), and when bits of gingivitis are left behind, it will only grow back. It’s crucial you our dental office for professional gingivitis care, which can ensure you will receive a proper, thorough cleaning. In addition, we will provide you with tips for further eliminating the disease at home.
Your first professional cleaning to remove gingivitis will involve special tools for eliminating and removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. This process is known as scaling and the severity and discomfort of the procedure will depend on the amount of plaque and tartar that has accumulated over time.
Dr. Anderson will also evaluate any crowns or fillings that could be making it difficult to properly clean your teeth at home. If anything is out of place, it will need to be adjusted and fixed. Damaged or worn dental crowns or the like can definitely contribute to
In most cases, a cleaning at the dentist can remove your gingivitis. To prevent it from returning and to keep your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy, you’ll need to practice strong oral hygiene skills at home. Your team at the family dentist office of Dr. Anderson can instruct you on the proper way to floss and brush.
If you believe you have gingivitis and would like to set up an appointment for professional care, contact Dr. Anderson’s office In Kansas City, MO today.