Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, which is one of the most frequent chronic oral health concerns for adults. It’s also one of the most important reasons why your daily dental hygiene routine matters so much. Gingivitis results from an excessive buildup of oral bacteria along your gum line, which allows some of the bacteria to work their way underneath the tissues. When this occurs, the resulting infection in your gums is known as gingivitis, and dealing with it promptly could be essential to preventing further, more significant complications with your oral health.
Why it’s important to not ignore it
Compared to the destructive potential of severe gum disease, the development of gingivitis can seem like a relatively minor thing. It might result in symptoms like redness, swelling, or slight bleeding in your gums, but they won’t be noticeable or painful enough to warrant alarm for most people. Despite this, it’s important to take the early signs seriously. Gingivitis can progress and become a much more serious condition before the symptoms reflect this change. This means you may have a more severe case of gum disease than you realize by the time you seek treatment for it at your dentist’s office.
What happens when gum disease gets worse?
When gum disease gets worse, it may take some time before the symptoms of it catch up. However, the damage that the disease’s progression can cause to your gums, periodontal ligaments, and more can become significant. Gum disease describes the erosion of your gums and periodontal ligaments to much greater degrees than the irritation caused by gingivitis. For people with severe gum disease, this can lead to extensive problems with their oral health, including the loss of one or more of their teeth.
How to keep your gums healthy
Generally speaking, the most effective way to prevent the destruction of gum disease is to prevent gingivitis from ever forming. This requires diligent attention to keeping your gums clean every day, as well as regularly scheduled preventive exams and cleanings with your dentist. If you do develop gingivitis, then you can mitigate the threat that it might pose to your gums and oral health by treating it with periodontal cleaning (or scaling and root planing) as soon as possible.
Learn more about dealing with gingivitis
Gingivitis can become a much bigger threat than it seems at first if it’s given enough time to progress. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.