Do You Have Any of the Telltale Signs of Gingivitis?

Do You Have Any of the Telltale Signs of Gingivitis?

We say it all the time, but good dental hygiene practices are key to maintaining your oral health.

Cleaning your teeth properly prevents gingivitis, or early-stage gum disease. If you don’t ever experience that, then you have no chance of suffering with advanced gum disease, which leads to serious problems down the road. 

At their New York City practice, Dr. Jason Popper, Dr. Marlisa Popper, and Dr. Howard Popper not only offer the best in dental care, they give you useful information and educate you about how to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. 

Why should you worry about gingivitis? 

Gingivitis is an infection of your gums that's characterized by several symptoms, and it’s quite common. In fact, about 75% of adults experience gingivitis at some point

The condition is caused when sticky plaque accumulates on your teeth from food and beverages. If it isn’t removed quickly, it hardens into tartar, which only your dentist can address. This course of events sets you up for gingivitis.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed, and we’ll tell you how a bit later in this post.

When left untreated, however, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. Periodontitis actually causes the bone that serves as the foundation of your teeth to deteriorate.

This is a serious condition. Your gums can get so infected that you experience pain, and they can bleed and release pus. You can even lose teeth

What symptoms point to gingivitis?

Healthy gums are securely attached to your teeth, light pink, and firm. Some people miss the fact that they’ve developed gingivitis because the symptoms are subtle and unnoticeable at first. These symptoms include:

With gingivitis, you might also notice that you have halitosis (bad breath) or an unusual or bad taste in your mouth that you can’t seem to get rid of. 

What increases your risk for gingivitis?

In addition to subpar oral hygiene practices, you’re at higher risk for gingivitis if you take certain medications, smoke, have health conditions like diabetes, are immunocompromised, or have dietary deficiencies. Some people are genetically predisposed to gingivitis as well. 

You have gingivitis — now what?

If you visit Popper Dental and we see that you’ve developed gingivitis, we want to nip it in the bud, since gum disease is much harder to treat when it progresses. To do this, we perform a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing to treat gingivitis. 

During the scaling step, your dentist removes layers of tartar and plaque on both the exposed surfaces of your teeth and below your gum line. The root planing step involves smoothing your tooth surfaces. Because they’re less textured, plaque and tartar buildup is less likely.

After your gums get a chance to heal post-treatment, it’s a good time to focus on preventing plaque and tartar accumulation in the future. You can head it off by diligent brushing and flossing and visiting us regularly. Believe us, prevention is really the best medicine.

We now know that oral health affects your systemic health, and if you ignore caring for your teeth for long periods of time, you could be setting yourself up for serious health problems, from heart disease to rheumatoid arthritis. 

If you’re noticing the telltale signs of gingivitis, call our office conveniently located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, or make your appointment using our website.

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