How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?
At Dental365, our professionals provide patients with solutions to achieve and maintain oral health and wellness. When patients are faced with issues such as periodontal disease, they are often educated on this condition which can cause irreversible effects. Instead, patients should work alongside their dentist to achieve better oral health and avoid the development of these conditions in the first place. While the earlier stage of gingivitis is reversible, the later stages, known as periodontitis, are not. Our dentists at Dental365 will educate patients on how to care for their smile to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease. This condition is characterized by several issues seen by the patient and dentist, including:
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
- Inflammation of the soft tissues
As soon as these symptoms are seen, patients are urged to visit their dentist at Dental365 for an evaluation. The earlier this condition is spotted and treated, the less likely it is to become a far bigger issue that cannot be treated.
What happens to untreated gingivitis?
Patients who do not spot the warning signs of gingivitis and fail to get a proper diagnosis or treatment are faced with the fact that the condition will worsen. Once gingivitis has become more aggressive after being untreated, it can lead to periodontitis. This is the later stage of periodontal disease that cannot be reversed, only controlled. This condition results in the loss of bone, gum tissue, as well as natural teeth. Treatment at this point may include antibiotics and a procedure called scaling and root planing. Additionally, patients who have been diagnosed with periodontitis will need to see a dentist on a more routine basis to continually monitor and treat their condition.
Request a visit with the team at Dental365
Patients in Connecticut and the New York Metropolitan area who are interested in learning more about preventative care to avoid conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal disease are welcome to schedule an appointment with our staff by calling calling (844) 365-DENTAL. We are committed to educating patients on achieving and maintaining a healthy smile for life!