When good oral hygiene is lacking, it’s possible for gingivitis to develop in a patient’s mouth. This condition occurs as a result of plaque buildup around the teeth, which in turn triggers an immune response that causes the gums to be inflamed. Bleeding and sensitivity may occur, and if not properly handled, the condition can worsen into periodontitis, which is a more serious form of gum disease.
Signs of Gingivitis
Milder cases of gingivitis may go unnoticed since the symptoms are not as obvious. Without prompt attention, however, gingivitis can become more serious and can include more obvious symptoms, such as bad breath, swollen gums, reddish or purple gums, gum sensitivity, bleeding, and receding gums. These symptoms will be spotted by your Marietta, GA dental team, and you will be advised to take corrective steps.
Types of Gingivitis
There are two ways the condition is categorized: plaque-induced and non-plaque induced. Plaque-induced is usually caused by the buildup of plaque, medications, malnutrition or systemic factors. Non-plaque induced is often caused by genetic factors, a virus, fungus or bacterium. But it can also be due to wounds, allergic reactions, or an illness. It may also be caused because of a reaction to a foreign body like dentures. And in some instances, there is not a specific cause.
Diagnosis and Treatment
When you come in for your regular dental checkup, Dr. Mark Caceres or another of the friendly Marietta, GA dentist will examine your mouth for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. With his professional care and your good at-home oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing, gingivitis can generally be successfully treated and managed, and your gums can recover to good health.
Please call us with your questions and concerns about your oral health. Early detection is essential to successful treatment. Schedule your exam with our dentists today!