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Gum disease

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What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of  the gums often caused by an accumulation of plaque and bacteria under the gums or between the teeth. It is the early stage of gum disease (periodontitis) and can often be reversed with regular dental cleaning and flossing.

What is Periodontitis?

If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. At this stage, inflammation of the gums spreads deeper into the supporting structures of the teeth. The body’s immune response to the bacteria and toxins involved in plaque and tartar build-up can lead to the breakdown of the bone and connective tissues that hold teeth in place.

Consequences of Bone Loss in Periodontal Disease

Loss of bone support weakens the foundations of the teeth, making them mobile. If left untreated, this can lead to tooth loss.

When teeth loosen and shift due to bone loss, changes in occlusion and the appearance of the smile can occur.

As the bone supporting the gums erodes, the gums can recede, exposing the roots of the teeth. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of cavities on exposed roots.

Gum Treatment - Curettage

Deep Cleaning

If you suffer from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and/or periodontitis (damage to the tooth’s supporting tissue), scaling every six months may not be sufficient and you may need more extensive gum treatment, such as more frequent scaling (3 to 4 months) or deep cleaning to restore healthy periodontal tissues (gums and bone). A thorough cleaning can halt the progression of periodontal disease, prevent further bone loss and potential tooth loss.

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and if detected and treated early, can often be reversed. Don’t wait for these symptoms to worsen. Take care of your oral health and contact us today for an appointment.

What are the 3 main symptoms of gingivitis?

How to Identify Gingivitis?

Gingivitis can manifest itself in different ways. Here are the three main symptoms to watch out for:

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis.

Healthy gums are pale pink in color. If your gums are red, swollen or painful to the touch, you could be suffering from gingivitis.

Gingivitis can also cause constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

If you notice bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, red, inflamed or sore gums, or if you have persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, this may indicate gingivitis. It’s crucial not to ignore these signs.

What should I do if I have symptoms of gingivitis?

Steps to Follow for the Treatment of Gingivitis


Consult an Oral Health Professional

If you notice gum pain, it's important to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. At Dentavie, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, including gingivitis.


Medication if Necessary

If necessary, we can prescribe medication to help control the infection and reduce gum inflammation.

Oral Hygiene Tips

The hygienist will give you personalized advice on how to care for your teeth and gums at home. This can include recommendations on brushing, flossing and diet.

Advice from the Dentist

Gingivitis is often silent, but the consequences can be serious. Good dental hygiene and regular check-ups are your best allies in preventing it.

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