The First Stage of Gum Disease Is Gingivitis

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If you have noticed that your teeth feel more sensitive and your gums are looking red, inflamed or swollen, or you have chronic bad breath, we invite you to speak with our periodontist about gingivitis. This is the initial stage of gum disease, and while it is a common oral condition, it’s also very serious. We have provided an overview of gingivitis to help you know if it may be affecting your oral health.

Causes of gingivitis include:

– Poor dental hygiene that leads to plaque buildup
– Family history/genetics
– Changes in hormones
– Illness or disease
– Using tobacco products
– Some medications for blood pressure and seizures

As plaque hardens into a more dangerous substance called tartar that builds on the teeth and gums, it irritates the gums and forms pockets around the teeth due to inflammation.

Early treatment for gingivitis can be reversed, but if it is ignored and allowed to progress, it can become a more serious gum infection called periodontitis that eventually leads to jawbone deterioration.

You can improve gingivitis by strengthening your oral hygiene routine. Habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth every day and visiting the dentist for professional dental cleanings every six months can improve your gum health. If needed, we may also provide scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning procedure that cleans away harmful plaque and tartar from deep under the gums.

If you are concerned about having gingivitis in Lawrence, Kansas, we invite you to contact Lawrence Periodontics, LLC at 785-312-3820 to speak with our periodontist and team. Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton offers innovative techniques and tools to help you have excellent oral health for a lifetime.