If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it could be a sign of gingivitis, which is the beginning stages of periodontal disease. If you live in Chula Vista, California, or the surrounding area, Dr. Jose Guzman can treat this mild form of gum disease before it leads to serious health consequences. Call the office of Guzman Dental or book an appointment online to address your gum health today.
Gingivitis has several symptoms you may experience without necessarily thinking you have any oral health problems that should be treated. These include:
Poor dental hygiene can lead to gingivitis. If you don’t brush thoroughly at least two times daily, fail to floss, or don’t get regular cleanings to remove hard-to-reach plaque, your gums may suffer.
You’re at a greater risk of developing gum inflammation if you smoke, experience hormonal changes due to pregnancy or birth control pills, or have a genetic history of the condition.
Improving your oral health care habits can reverse gingivitis. Brushing thoroughly, adding flossing to your routine, and scheduling a professional hygienist cleaning goes a long way in enhancing your gum health. To initially heal gingivitis, Dr. Guzman may recommend you receive a professional cleaning more frequently than the standard twice per year.
If you have a progressed form of gingivitis, Dr. Guzman may advise you go under a more intense cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the team at Guzman Dental removes all tarter and bacteria from your teeth and below your gums. It’s a more intense cleaning than those for patients who have less plaque, tartar, and gum inflammation.
Gingivitis can become a more serious condition known as periodontitis, or full-blown gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth decay that causes you to lose your teeth. Plus, infected gums correlate with systemic inflammation that causes respiratory disease, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
You should brush your teeth for at least two full minutes, both in the morning and before bedtime. Add an extra session following meals, if you can. Use a circular pattern and clean the gums and tongue when you brush to help combat the bacteria that can cause infection.
Gums that are puffy and easily bleed need to be treated for gingivitis. Call Guzman Dental or book an appointment online today to catch this early stage of gum disease before it progresses.