Gingivitis Treatment and Prevention at Riverwalk Dental Group
The human body has a marvelous ability to warn you when something requires your prompt attention -- and gingivitis is one of those valuable warning signs. This inflammation of the gum tissue is the the first step on the road to a serious problem called periodontal disease. Fortunately, you can nip gingivitis in the bud, and keep it from coming back, with the aid of any Jupiter & Boynton Beach dentist on our Riverwalk Dental Group team.
What Is Gingivitis? Causes and Symptoms
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gingiva, the gum tissue that covers the tooth roots and the top of the jawbone to create what we call the gum line. When plaque and tartar build up above and below the gum line, bacteria naturally swarm in to feed on these substances. The presence of the bacteria causes the immune system to launch an inflammatory response -- but this response does more harm to your gums that it does to the bacteria. Some of the common signs of gingivitis include:
- Swollen or puffy-looking gums
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
as bad as these symptoms may sound, they're only a preview of worse things to come. Untreated gingivitis can progress into full-blown periodontal disease. In this disease, the gum tissues and tooth ligaments are destroyed until the teeth become loose. The teeth may then either fall out or need to be removed.
Expert Treatment From Your Dentist in Jupiter & Boynton Beach
Take your gingivitis symptoms as an urgent signal to schedule an appointment at Riverwalk Dental Group. Your dentist in Jupiter & Boynton Beach will most likely perform a deep cleaning to get that irritating tartar off of your teeth and out from under the gum line. Once bacteria have nothing left to feed on, your inflammation will fade and your gums can heal. We may also prescribe an antimicrobial mouthwash or toothpaste to kill any remaining bacteria.
Prevention is the smartest way to keep gingivitis from threatening your smile. We can advise you on proper brushing and flossing practices, nutritional changes, and other lifestyle practices to support a healthier mouth. Twice-yearly dental checkups and cleanings can then take care of any tartar that you can't fight off between visits.
Call Your Jupiter & Boynton Beach Dentist Today
Any Jupiter & Boynton Beach dentist here at Riverwalk Dental Group will be happy to help you overcome gingivitis as soon as you notice it developing. Call any of our locations today to schedule an appointment!