Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.
The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Other causes include smoking or chewing tobacco, poor nutrition, and certain drugs. Good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental checkups, can help prevent and reverse gingivitis.
Some symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Dusky red or dark red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender gums
If you have symptoms of gum disease, you may need another type of cleaning, called scaling and root planing.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call and schedule an appointment.