Have you been having trouble with sore or bleeding gums? These symptoms could mean that you have a mild form of gum disease called gingivitis. Fortunately, your Stamford, CT, dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian, and Dr. Thomas Ohlson of Comprehensive Dental Group offer effective treatments for gingivitis.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis happens when your gum tissue becomes inflamed, red, and sore. The condition is caused by bacteria in plaque and tartar. Plaque, a transparent film that coats the teeth and gums, can be removed by brushing and flossing. Plaque soon turns into tartar if you don't brush or floss thoroughly. Tartar is a hard brown deposit that can only be removed during a visit to the dentist at the Stamford dental office.
If you have gingivitis, you may also notice that your breath is bad even after you've just brushed your teeth. Your gums may bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth. Other symptoms can include receding gums and sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods and beverages.
Gingivitis can turn into a more severe form of gum disease if you don't receive treatment. Painful gum disease can destroy the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in place and can lead to tooth loss.
How is gingivitis treated?
It may be possible to reverse your gingivitis symptoms with a thorough dental cleaning. After the plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth and gums, your gums will begin to heal.
In some cases, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning. The cleaning removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar above and below the gum line. A deep cleaning will help you protect your teeth and gums and avoid the serious complications of gum disease.
Unfortunately, gingivitis can return after treatment if you don't practice good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day gets rid of plaque and helps keep your breath fresh. Follow the advice of the American Dental Association and brush for at least two minutes.
Flossing, an often overlooked aspect of oral hygiene, is the only way to get rid of plaque between your teeth. Be sure to floss at least once every day using string or tape floss, interdental brushes, or a water-powered flosser.
Do you have any gingivitis symptoms? Call (203) 359-3296 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Stamford, CT., Dr. Pogosian, and Dr. Ohlson of Comprehensive Dental Group.