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Periodontal Services Specialist

George Family Dental Care

Ronald A. George, DMD, PA

Family Dentist located in Plantation, FL

Gingivitis — an inflammation in your gum tissue — is the first stage of gum disease. Fortunately, gingivitis is easily treated by an experienced dental care provider like Dr. Ronald A. George, at George Family Dental Care in Plantation, Florida. Dr. George can help you clear up your gingivitis and protect your gums with a thorough cleaning, a dental exam, and effective dental care routines for you to practice at home.

Periodontal Services Q&A

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a bacterial infection within the gums. It's the initial stage of gum disease, and it can be easily treated if you have regular dental care and practice good oral hygiene at home. Gingivitis is extremely common today. In fact, more than 75% of patients in the United States have some level of gingivitis at one point or another.

What are the signs of gingivitis?

The signs of gingivitis can include:

  • Gum redness and inflammation
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitive gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • A bad taste in the mouth

These symptoms will grow more severe as time goes on, so as soon as any indicators of gingivitis are noticed it's important to call George Family Dental Care for help.

What happens if gingivitis is not treated?

If gingivitis is left untreated, it may become a more serious type of gum disease known as periodontitis. In periodontitis, the gum inflammation goes into the bone that provides support for the teeth. This causes gum separation in some areas, which gives the bacteria an area to thrive and expand. These deep pockets of decay can eventually expose the root of the tooth, which can become very painful. Eventually, untreated periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and even damage to the jaw.

Why does gingivitis happen?

There are a number of possible reasons for gingivitis, but the main cause of gingivitis is plaque buildup. Plaque accumulates on the teeth every day, but it can be removed with proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Regular dental cleanings at George Family Dental Care are also an important part of removing gingivitis.

Who is most at risk for gingivitis?

Any patient who doesn't practice good oral hygiene is at an increased risk for gingivitis. Other potential risk factors can include:

  • Cigarette smoking or other tobacco use
  • Systemic disease: Diabetes, etc.
  • Prescription drugs: For example, steroids
  • A weakened immune system
  • An unhealthy diet