Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal (gum) disease. If you suffer from gingivitis, you might notice a few signs and symptoms, such as:
- Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
- Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing or mouth wash
- Gums that appear irritated, red, or swollen
Gingivitis is a condition that is tricky to diagnose on your own because it begins with very few symptoms and typically not much pain. It can also be slow to progress, so you may not notice the signs at first.
This is why routine teeth cleanings and checkups with your Huntsville dentist every six months are essential. During these visits, your dentist can diagnose gum disease in its early stages, which allows you to be proactive with treatment, and even reverse the progression of gingivitis in some cases.
How Dr. King Treats Gingivitis
Gum disease treatment for gingivitis typically includes a thorough professional teeth cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Many people can successfully manage gingivitis this way.
If your gum disease has advanced to periodontitis, you may require more substantial periodontal treatment such as antibiotic therapy, deep cleaning below the gum line, or sometimes surgery for very severe cases.
Contact Our Huntsville Dental Office
Contact King Dental today for more information about gum disease or schedule your next appointment.