Serving Toledo, Perrysburg,
Millbury, Oregon, and
We refer to gum inflammation as gingivitis, which is a beginning form of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease includes inflammation and infection of the gums, tissues that support the teeth, periodontal ligaments, and tooth sockets.
Long-term plaque deposits on your teeth cause gum disease. Plaque, if not removed, turns into tartar (or calculus), which irritates and inflames your gums. Bacteria cause the gums to become infected, swollen, and tender.
Brushing & Flossing
You may have gum disease if your gums:
- Bleed (blood on toothbrush even with gentle brushing)
- Appear bright red or red-purple
- Are tender when touched
- Are Swollen
- Appear shiny
Checking for Gum Disease
Your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums to evaluate the appearance and health. If your gums are bright red in color, swollen, and tender to the touch, you may have gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis.
It is simple to check for gum disease, and no further tests are usually necessary. If your dentist suspects the disease has spread to other areas of your mouth, dental x-rays may be recommended.
Prevent Gum Disease
The key to preventing gum disease is to maintain excellent oral health. Brush in the morning, at night, and after meals. Floss at least once a day; twice would be best.t
Schedule an exam with your dentist every six months, so that we can keep an eye on the health of your gums.
Treating Gum Disease
Our first step in treating gum disease is a professional tooth cleaning. If necessary, we may deep clean, or scale, your teeth. This removes the plaque and bacteria that cause inflammation and infection.
A Smile that Lasts
In cases of severe gum disease, we recommend a dental cleaning more frequently than twice a year. Other things we recommend include:
- Antibacterial mouth wash
- Replace your dental and orthodontic appliances
- Attend to additional illnesses or conditions
Remember to always use preventative dental care to keep your mouth healthy.
Call your dentist if you have red, swollen gums, especially if you have not had a routine cleaning and examination in the last 6 months.