Gingivitis is an oral condition that is treatable when diagnosed and corrective action is taken quickly. Knowing and recognizing the first signs of gum disease can allow you and your dentist to pursue the steps necessary to prevent its advancement into a much more serious condition, periodontitis.
Early Signs of Gingivitis
Bleeding Gums: While gum tissue can bleed for several reasons, if it accompanies any of the other symptoms, see your dentist right away. If you are using a toothbrush with hard bristles, this can result in making gums bleed. A soft bristle toothbrush and moderate pressure are sufficient to keep your teeth clean.
Bad Breath: Many foods and beverages can result in bad breath. But when it becomes a chronic issue, it could be due to the onset of gum disease. Occasional halitosis can be treated by using a mouthwash, sucking on a breath mint, or brushing your teeth. Foods most likely to cause bad breath include garlic or any strong seasoning; onions, radishes, and spicy foods; canned tuna; and many dairy products. Coffee and alcoholic beverages can cause bad breath, too.
Change in Gum Tissue: If your gums appear red and puffy, this is not normal. Healthy gum tissue is pink and firm. Irritation and swelling are signs of a looming problem. If gums seem to be pulling away from one or more teeth, this is serious. Those teeth can become loose as the disease has already impacted the bones that hold teeth in place.
Tooth Pain: Again, this could mean you’re dealing with something else; however, any time you have persistent tooth discomfort, see your dentist.
Causes and Treatment
While some patients may try to blame their ancestors for a poor oral condition, there are more common reasons that you may be dealing with gum disease:
Poor or absent daily oral hygiene: Twice daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing every day are important for good oral health.
Tobacco Use: Whether smoked, chewed, or dipped, tobacco in any form is dangerous for oral and overall health.
Poor nutrition, illness, and certain medications can impact your dental condition.
Even people who follow all the rules to maintain good oral health can be stricken with gingivitis. Know the symptoms and see your dentist right away for needed treatment. Caught in its early stages, you can prevent advancement that could result in tooth loss.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Bliss Dental today.