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Gingivitis is a mild and reversible form of gum disease. However, if left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, a serious gum infection that damages the bone and soft tissues that support the teeth. That’s why it’s important to seek prompt treatment by an oral healthcare professional if you suspect that you may have gingivitis.
At Red Bank Smiles in NJ, we want the best for you and your smile. The types of treatments we offer for gingivitis include professional dental cleanings, dental restorations (if needed) and ongoing care from Dr. Benjamin Klayman and his team.
Professional Dental Cleaning
The first step to stopping the progression of gum disease entails a professional dental cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. During the scaling process, we’ll remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and below the gum line. Root planing involves eliminating bacterial products caused by inflammation and smoothing out the rough spots on the tooth root. Depending on the stage of your gum disease, multiple scaling and root planing procedures may be needed to remove all traces of plaque, tartar and bacterial products.
If your gingivitis was exacerbated by crooked teeth or a poorly fitting crown, bridge or other dental appliance, you may have to undergo a dental restoration. Because these types of issues can irritate your gums and make it difficult to remove plaque on a daily basis, it’s important to fix your teeth or current dental restorations to help prevent the return of gingivitis.
When it comes to gingivitis, prevention is the best medicine. After undergoing a scaling and root planing procedure, it’s important to maintain your oral health through good dental hygiene. Twice a day, you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush. And be sure to floss between your teeth and under your gums daily. You should also follow your dentist’s recommendations and receive a checkup and cleaning on a regular basis.
Gingivitis Treatment at Red Bank Smiles
If you know or suspect that you have gingivitis, make an appointment at Red Bank Smiles right away. We’ll devise a treatment plan, so you can leave with a happy, healthy smile.