Gingivitis

Popper Dental

Periodontists & Prosthodontists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

It’s easy to overlook the health of your gums when your teeth get all the attention, but good gum care is vital to your overall oral health. If you find yourself suffering from gingivitis, the team of dental experts at Popper Dental, in the Upper East Side of New York City, provide state-of-the-art treatments to keep your gums healthy and your smile happy. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or book online.

Gingivitis Q & A

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, a bacterial infection of your gum tissue.

Gum disease is most frequently caused by poor oral hygiene. 

When you don’t brush or floss often enough, plaque begins to collect on your teeth. Plaque is a natural byproduct of the reaction between the carbohydrates in your food and the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. It’s a sticky, invisible film that can be removed with simple brushing and flossing, and needs to be removed daily because it quickly reforms.

When plaque is left to sit on your teeth for too long, it hardens beneath your gum line, becoming tartar. Tartar traps bacteria and keeps it in constant contact with your gums, which irritates your gums. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar.

As the bacteria in plaque and tartar continues to irritate your gums, your gums respond by becoming inflamed. This chronic inflammation of the gum is what’s known as gingivitis. 

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

Some of the signs that you might have gingivitis include:

  • Bleeding in your gums when you brush or floss
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gum recession, or longer looking teeth
  • Dark red gums
  • Gums that are swollen or puffy

Normally, your gums should be firm and pale pink, and they should hug tightly around your teeth.

What happens if I don’t treat gingivitis?

It’s absolutely essential to treat gingivitis, and Popper Dental can expertly do so. 

If left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults. 

There is also a link between advanced gum disease and diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disease, coronary artery disease, and stroke. 

What is the treatment for gingivitis?

The best treatment for gingivitis is prevention. Proper at-home care and regular dental cleanings can prevent gingivitis from ever developing, so make sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and maintain routine checkups with Popper Dental.

If you have developed gingivitis, the periodontal professionals at Popper Dental can help. They can typically reverse the progression of gingivitis with a simple deep cleaning called scaling and root planing.

With scaling, your dentist removes the plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth and beneath your gum line. With root planing, your dentist smooths the surfaces of your teeth, which makes it harder for plaque and tartar to build up and encourages your gums to properly heal.

If your gum disease is more advanced, you may need an antibiotic to treat infection or gum surgery. Your dentist fully examines your teeth and gums to provide the most successful treatment for gingivitis or gum disease.

Don’t let your gingivitis get worse. Call Popper Dental or book a visit online, and get your gums back in shape today.