There’s a reason why dentists recommend that you floss, brush and rinse daily. It’s not just so you can maintain healthy teeth; you want to maintain healthy gums as well. If you don’t take care of your oral health, you can develop gum disease, of which the mildest form is gingivitis. Fortunately, Dr. Carimi can provide several gingivitis treatment options for patients in Charleston, SC.
What is Gingivitis?
Unlike periodontitis, which is a severe form of gum disease, gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. Gingivitis is basically gum inflammation caused by the growth of bacteria in your mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans have some form of periodontal disease. That’s almost 65 million people! So if you have gingivitis, you’re not alone. While gingivitis is easily addressed in its early stages, it can eventually lead to tooth loss if you don’t treat it properly.
Gingivitis Signs and Symptoms
If you live in South Carolina and think you may have gingivitis, there are signs and symptoms for it. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may have gingivitis:
- Inflamed gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Irritated gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Plaque build up
- Red gums
- Receding gums
As long as the above symptoms don’t include your teeth being loose from their sockets, you likely only have gingivitis and not periodontitis.
What Are Gingivitis Treatment Options?
The good news is that since gingivitis is a mild gum disease condition, it’s often easily treated with proper hygiene. Dr. Carimi may suggest a deep cleaning to remove excess plaque and bacteria, but if it’s severe (or has developed into periodontitis), there are both surgical and non-surgical gingivitis treatment options.
If you think you may have gingivitis, contact us to schedule a consultation today. (If you’re a new patient, be sure to ask about complimentary nitroux oxide!)