Gingivitis

5th Ave Smile

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Aurora, CO

Almost 80% of adults suffer from some form of gingivitis, often without knowing it. Patients with gingivitis experience red and swollen gums that bleed easily. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a severe gum disease that causes tooth loss. If you’re experiencing swollen gums and excessive bleeding while flossing, the team at 5th Ave Smile in Aurora, Colorado, works with you to eliminate gingivitis and restore your dental health, conveniently offering same-day service. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.

Gingivitis

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

Healthy gums are firm, pale pink, and fit tightly around the teeth. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Dark red gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums


If you have any of these symptoms, contact your dentist at 5th Ave Smile to discuss treatment options.

What causes gingivitis?

Gingivitis falls into two categories: caused by plaque or not caused by plaque. Gingivitis due to plaque makes up almost all gingivitis cases. 

Plaque is a thin film that builds up on teeth from bacteria, saliva, food debris, and dead cells. Plaque that isn’t removed by adequate brushing and flossing builds up between the gums and the teeth, or around poorly cleaned or damaged fillings, bridges, and orthodontic appliances. 

When plaque stays on the teeth for more than 72 hours, it becomes tartar, which requires a dental professional for a thorough removal. The buildup of tartar around the gums causes the swelling, redness, and bleeding that characterize gingivitis. 

In rare cases, infections, medical conditions, certain drugs, or impacted teeth also cause gingivitis. If you suspect gingivitis, schedule an appointment for a cleaning and exam by calling the practice or using the online tool.

How do dental cleanings treat gingivitis?

Good oral hygiene is the most effective treatment for gingivitis. You can prevent the buildup of plaque with thorough daily brushing and flossing keeps gums healthy. 

Additionally, regular professional dental cleanings to remove any tartar buildup along the gum line ensures the elimination of gingivitis before patients develop symptoms. Most patients should see their dentist every 6-12 months. 

However, people with poor oral hygiene, medical conditions that can lead to gingivitis, or a tendency to develop plaque more quickly than usual may need to see their dental professional more often. 

Luckily, gums quickly become healthy again after the removal of tartar and plaque, as long as you brush and floss carefully.

What factors aggravate gingivitis? 

Patients with crowns, veneers, or fillings should exercise particular care in their oral hygiene. Dental procedures that leave material below the gums can lead to an increased likelihood of inflammation. 

Those with certain risk factors, including dry mouth, taking certain medications, diabetes, or smoking, should consider scheduling professional cleanings more frequently to prevent gum disease. 

Additionally, patients experiencing symptoms of gingivitis should see a dental professional before beginning any teeth whitening procedures.

Don’t ignore the signs and symptoms of gingivitis. Call or use the online tool to schedule your appointment at 5th Ave Smile today.