The earliest form of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. The condition occurs due to bacteria and plaque buildup on the teeth. It typically causes infection. With the help of a dentist, you can successfully manage the condition. However, if it is not treated, you can develop periodontitis. It is a more severe form of gum disease, entailing bone loss in the jaw.
It is a form of periodontal disease that can be dental plaque-induced or non-plaque-induced. When plaque accumulates in your teeth, it irritates the gums leading to discoloration, pain, and inflammation, causing plaque-induced gingivitis. On the other hand, non-plaque-induced gingivitis is usually a result of a fungal, viral, or bacterial infection. It can lead to periodontitis if left untreated.
Many people are often unaware that they have gingivitis because it rarely causes pain. About 75 percent of Americans experience some degree of the condition during their lifetime. So, it is important to understand what to look out for. Also, visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Some of the signs and symptoms of the disease include:
The leading cause of the condition is plaque buildup. However, other factors may increase your risk of the disease. Pay more attention to your gum line and teeth if you notice some of the factors listed below.
Gingivitis prevention and treatment entail the removal of plaque from your gums and teeth. Also, schedule regular dental appointments to help catch the disease early. Dentists will eliminate the tartar or plaque using special tools.
Fortunately, gingivitis is reversible. With the help of good oral hygiene, you can eliminate the symptoms of the disease. Also, seeing your dentist helps catch the disease early on.
To learn more about gingivitis, visit Perio Atlanta at our Atlanta, Georgia office. Call (404) 352-3123 to schedule an appointment today.