The effects of gum disease or periodontal disease on not only the mouth but the rest of the body are serious.  Periodontal disease attacks the tissues around the tooth, slowly breaking it down.  This is often something that can’t be reversed, only prevented from happening further.

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What is Gingivitis?

This condition affects 75 percent of the American population and many of its victims have no idea they have developed the disease. Gingivitis is when the gum tissue becomes infected and inflamed from bacteria that are created through the presence of plaque and tartar. It is often present with no obvious symptoms and can easily be prevented or remedied by maintaining regular cleanings and examinations with your dentist.

What Are The Signs Of Gingivitis? 

Gingivitis does not permanently damage your teeth, the bone structure or the gums, but if proper treatment is not attempted, it will progress into gum disease (also called periodontal disease), which will result in the loss of bone and of the teeth.

With mild cases of gingivitis patients often experience no symptoms, but when the condition begins to advance there are some telltale signs:

  • Gums that are no longer a healthy pink but a deeper red or even purple
  • When you brush or floss your teeth your mouth begins to bleed
  • Bad breath
  • Your gums are swollen to the touch
  • Your gums lose their firmness and consistency

Although gingivitis is often present because of excessive levels of tartar and plaque, it can be caused by other circumstances such as:

  • Alterations in hormone levels like puberty, menopause, during a woman’s menstrual cycle and while a woman is pregnant
  • Certain illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and HIV are associated with a greater chance of contracting gingivitis
  • Medications that can cause dry mouth such as Dilantin
  • Smoking tobacco products
  • Many people whose parents had gingivitis tend to have it as well

There has been a lot of research that supports significant links between gum disease and other diseases of the body such as heart disease. Gum disease is often painless and thus goes undetected without regular dental exams. It is most often the result of hardened bacterial plaque (called calculus or tartar) on the root surfaces of teeth. This is also one of the biggest causes of bad breath, known in the dental community as perio breath.

What Are The Causes Of Gingivitis?

This condition affects 75 percent of the American population and many of its victims have no idea they have developed the disease. Gingivitis is when the gum tissue becomes infected and inflamed from bacteria that are created through the presence of plaque and tartar. It is often present with no obvious symptoms and can easily be prevented or remedied by maintaining regular cleanings and examinations with your dentist. The end result if not treated is devastating bone loss around teeth necessitating surgery by a periodontist to replace the missing bone or simply removal of the involved tooth or teeth.

Gingivitis does not permanently damage your teeth, the bone structure or the gums, but if proper treatment is not attempted, it will progress into full blown gum disease, which will result in the loss of bone and of the teeth.

Gingivitis is easily Diagnosed and Treated

Gum disease is determined by an oral examination and cleaning. Your dentist may also recommend using an oral probe to measure any gaps between the gums and teeth where the gum line may have receded. X-rays are another option to study if there has been any bone loss.

Your dentist may also recommend using an oral probe to measure any gaps between the gums and teeth where the gum line may have receded. X-rays are another option to study if there has been any bone loss.

You can care for gingivitis through your dentist and at home, so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms Contact Springfield Dentist Office Quail Creek Dental today at 417-720-4075. They will be more than happy to address and discuss and concerns you may have pertaining to gum disease!