If you’ve noticed a little bit of "pink in the sink" when you brush your teeth, you’re not alone. Gingivitis, the disease caused by infection in the gums, is quite common among dental patients. Fortunately, gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease is easily prevented and can be simple to reverse or treat, if caught quickly.
To understand gum disease, it helps to know how it begins. Simply stated, gum disease is the infection of your gums caused when food particles or bacteria are not removed from the teeth. Frequent brushing and flossing can keep the plaque and bacteria at bay; however, sometimes patients have areas of their teeth and mouth that at home oral care just can’t reach. When the plaque remains on the teeth, it can spread below the gum line and cause inflammation of the gums, redness, and bleeding. It can also cause chronic bad breath.
These are the most common signs of gingivitis. When you first notice these symptoms, it is important to call a trusted dentist. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile has been helping patients in the Worcester area prevent and treat gum disease for many years. Once your gum disease has been confirmed, Dr. Levenson will help you reverse it. If the gum disease is in the early stages, it is likely that it can be reversed with better at-home care and a professional cleaning. If the gingivitis has progressed to a more advanced stage of gum disease, you may need further treatment such as a deep cleaning, oral surgery, or medication.
It is important to see a dentist if you suspect gum disease. Without proper treatment, the disease may progress and lead to further complications such as loss of the gum tissue, loss of the supporting bone, or teeth becoming loose. Remember that while bleeding teeth may seem common, it is an early sign that you should see a dentist. If you have any reason to believe that you may have gum disease, call the team at Levenson Smile to make an appointment.