What is gingivitis?
Do you notice that your gums bleed during brushing or flossing? Do you struggle with bad breath that just won't go away no matter what you do? Are your gums red or swollen? You might be suffering from gingivitis.
Also known as the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis can be tricky to detect without the help of your dentist since there are very minimal symptoms at first. You also typically won't notice much pain either if you have gingivitis.
How is gingivitis detected?
Your dentist in Sarasota, however, can detect gingivitis early on with x-rays and by taking measurements of your gums. With early intervention, most patients can successfully manage gingivitis with a thorough teeth cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. A lot of patients are even lucky enough to reverse their gingivitis before it progresses into advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis.
How is is gingivitis treated?
Patients with periodontitis will need gum therapy called scaling and root planing, which reaches below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Sometimes antibiotics are utilized to combat the infection, and surgery may be a recommended treatment in severe cases of periodontitis.
Schedule Gum Treatments
Your best defense against gum disease is your routine cleaning and checkup completed every six months; but if you find yourself in need of periodontal treatment in Sarasota, FL, Dr. Deborah Simpkins is prepared to help you. Call our dental office today at (941) 921-2122 to learn more.