Do you have red, irritated, or swollen gums? Have you noticed that your gums bleed a little when you brush and floss? These are symptoms of gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease.
Healthy gums are firm and pink, but when bacteria from food and poor oral hygiene are allowed to remain on the teeth and gums, the bacteria can begin to irritate the gum tissue and cause the symptoms mentioned above. If you notice these symptoms, contact All Care Dentistry immediately to schedule an appointment with our dentist. Gingivitis can be reversed, but if it is not treated, it will progress to an advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis that causes tooth and bone loss.
Typically, our team treats gingivitis with a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. Our dental hygienist removes tartar and bacteria from the teeth and below the gums and then smooths the root surface to discourage the future accumulation of plaque.
Gingivitis can often be a one-time treatment if you continue to take proper care of your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove food particles and harmful bacteria. Visiting the dentist regularly will allow Dr. David Powell and our team to monitor your gums and diagnose the beginning stage of gingivitis.
Contact our office at 801-266-1414 today to learn more about the symptoms and treatments for gingivitis in Murray, Utah, and schedule your routine dental exam.