Not everything you hear is true. It would be helpful to know what is, right?
This matters more when it comes to health related information. For example, television dental product commercials frequently mention one condition.
There’s a reason for the attention. Gingivitis is the first, early phase of a condition known as periodontal (gum) disease.
Its impact on your teeth and gums can be significant. This gives you a reason to seek early treatment.
The point of no return?
The health of your gums has a direct affect on your overall oral health. It’s vital that you stay aware of any changes in your gum tissue.
Untreated gum disease can cause life long problems. In its fully developed stages the disease is irreversible.
The condition worsens as result of poor dental hygiene and ongoing neglect. It starts with the progressive build up of plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth.
Plaque is that sticky, yellowish film that forms on the surface of your teeth. When it hardens into tartar oral bacteria thrive within it.
Bacteria feed on the substances that are not removed from your teeth. When they multiply tooth decay sets in and your gums become irritated.
The worst-case-scenario is progressive gum disease and potential tooth loss. Treatment is the solution.
A window of opportunity
The earliest signs and symptoms of gingivitis can be treated. Gums that are swollen, red, and/or bleeding are common warning signs.
Schedule a dental examination when you notice any of these symptoms. Your gum health depends on a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
In the meantime…
Keep your teeth and gums healthy. Daily brushing and flossing helps control the build-up of plaque and tartar.
Professional teeth cleanings are also an oral health essential. On occasion a deep cleaning using scaling and root planing can help eliminate the build up of plaque and tartar that your at-home care cannot.
Contact your Knoxville dentist about any signs of gum irritation. Schedule a dental examination and teeth cleaning to get ahead of gum related problems before they worsen.