Basics of Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a term you may have heard before. It’s not a serious dental condition in itself. However, it can be serious if it’s not treated by a dental professional. Here you’ll find the definition, symptoms, and treatment options. 

What is Gingivitis? 

Gingivitis refers to the inflammation of the gingiva, which is better known as the gums. This is usually due to a buildup of bacteria on and around your teeth, but it can also be caused by other things. Factors such as malnutrition, allergies, or injuries to the gums can cause them to swell. In some cases, there is not an apparent cause. Gingivitis is considered to be a non-destructive periodontal disease, but it can progress to periodontitis if it is left untreated. Periodontitis is a more severe condition that can eventually lead to tooth loss. 

Symptoms and Treatment

Gingivitis needs to be diagnosed by a Saugus, MA dentist. You may only notice some swelling of the gums. But you might experience other symptoms if you have a severe enough case. The symptoms of gingivitis include bright red or purple gums, swollen gums, bleeding from your gums when you brush or floss your teeth and receding gums. The key is seeking treatment early on. When a dental professional diagnoses you with gingivitis treatment can begin early and preempt more serious developments that could result in the loss of one or more teeth.  

Contact a Dentist  

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Stephen Petinge and your Saugus and North Boston area dentist to discuss treatment options. With the proper treatment, many cases of gingivitis can be reversed. Call today with your questions or concerns. Our friendly and helpful staff can answer your questions and schedule a routine checkup with your dentist.