Gum Disease Treatment
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and the early stages of gum disease caused by bacteria in plaque build up. If left untreated it can lead to gum disease (periodontitis) which can result in abscesses, bone loss and can cause pockets to form around the teeth which can result in tooth loss.
Early warning signs of gingivitis include chronic bad breath, receding, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is important to make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Gum disease (periodontitis) is the major cause for tooth loss but in many cases it can be avoided and arrested from progressing by brushing and flossing twice a day, eating a well balanced healthy diet, avoiding cigarettes and other forms of tobacco and having check ups and cleanings by your dentist every six months.