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Signs of Gingivitis

Most people tend to think of gingivitis as a minor issue. However, the truth is that gingivitis can lead to serious oral health risks if it is not treated properly on time. While affecting oral health, gingivitis can cause serious damage to teeth, gums, and bone.

Gingivitis is an initial stage of gum disease. The effect of gingivitis on oral health involves irritation and infection of gum tissue. Early-stage gum disease is manageable and treatable with proper oral hygiene and professional treatment. However, untreated gum disease can progress into a devastating condition, even resulting in tooth loss.

It is very important that you have your gingivitis treated from the very beginning, to avoid any unpleasant event in the future. Here are common warning signs of gingivitis that you look out for and amend it as soon as possible.

Swollen Gums

Swollen gums is a common sign of gingivitis. If the swollen area is turning darker red overtime, then it is a warning that the bacteria are increasing and triggering serious infections in your mouth. Since swollen gums are very sensitive, you may find it unpleasant to brush your teeth.

Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums remain firm and can withstand the pressure they get from regular tooth care. But, when your gums are weakened due to the gingivitis attack, they become wobbly and will bleed whenever you brush or floss.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is often a sign of poor oral hygiene. It can also be a sign of bacteria build up in your mouth. Those bacteria in your mouth will not only attack your teeth but will also make you have a chronic bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Teeth appear longer

Gingivitis can cause your gums to gradually recede. Thus, your teeth will appear as if they are growing longer. As the disease progresses, you can see further down toward the root of your tooth. This is a sign of gum disease getting closer towards threatening your teeth stability anchored into the jaw.

Pus between the Tooth and Gum

If you find yellow fluid or pus developing between your tooth and the gum, it is another sign of gum disease. Infection between the tooth and gum causes pus to develop. When the pus forms and swells up it will start creating painful pressure where it is located.

Whether it’s a minor or serious issue, any signs of gingivitis should be treated at the earliest before it leads to a more serious dental problem.

At Southshore Dental in Trenton, Michigan, we are proficient in treating gingivitis and dental related issues. In addition to our team of experienced dentists, we also have an experienced Periodontist here to give you the best possible treatment. 

Whether you think you have gingivitis or want to learn more about how to treat or prevent it, please feel free to contact our family dentistry in Michigan at (734) 675-0585.

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