What Is Gingivitis?

A common and mild form of gum disease, gingivitis is marked by irritation, redness and swelling of the gums, or gingiva. It happens when plaque – a naturally occurring, soft, sticky film containing bacteria – builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums. When left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a disease that may lead to tooth loss.

Healthy smiles start with good dental hygiene, which includes at-home care and regular visits to the dentist. Discover the symptoms of gingivitis, as well as how to prevent and treat it, with this overview from Red Bank Smiles.

Gingivitis Symptoms

Gingivitis doesn’t always cause pain, which can make it difficult to know if you have gum disease. That’s why it’s important to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning. However, there are a few signs to watch out for that may indicate gingivitis, including:

  • Red, puffy gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums
  • Loose teeth

Treatment and Prevention

The key to preventing gingivitis involves removing plaque from your teeth and gums before it has the chance to harden into tartar, a yellowish deposit that forms when plaque mineralizes on the teeth. Brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist on a regular basis all help prevent gingivitis. Additional measures you can take to mitigate your risks of developing gum disease include quitting smoking, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and managing certain conditions that raise your risk for gingivitis.

Gingivitis Treatment at Red Banks Smiles

Unlike periodontitis, gingivitis is easily reversible. If you notice any signs or symptoms of gingivitis, schedule an appointment at Red Bank Smiles in NJ. We’ll review your dental and medical history, examine your teeth and gums for signs of gingivitis and perform other tests as needed to determine whether or not you have gingivitis. With a professional dental cleaning from Dr. Benjamin Klayman and his team, we’ll help restore your smile. Call us today at 732-741-1052 to make an appointment.