It is easy to not think of gum disease as a health issue but clinically it is really an infection. When bacteria-laden plaque is allowed to harden into tartar, an infection can develop in your gingival tissue known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can turn into a problem for you… and those close to you.
The bacteria that are causing the infection in your mouth are also lurking in your saliva. That means wherever your saliva goes these dangerous germs go also. Sharing toothbrushes, beverages and even kissing can transfer your case of gingivitis to someone else.
Gum disease, even in its mildest form, is not something that should be ignored. Untreated gingivitis will progress to a much more serious condition known as periodontitis. Periodontitis not only attacks your gum tissue, it can also cause bone loss that will eventually cause you to lose teeth.
The best way to protect yourself (and others) from contracting gingivitis is too practice a good oral hygiene routine at home. This includes flossing daily as well as brushing at least twice. Your oral home care along with regular periodontic checkups will help you too stop gum disease in its tracks.
If you have observed any of the following symptoms, you may already have gingivitis:
- Puffy gums
- Bleeding while brushing
- Teeth appearing longer than they used to
- Chronic bad breath
Both gingivitis and periodontitis are not conditions that will clear up on their own. That’s where we come in. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants we are gum care specialists. Unlike a general dentist, all we do is care for the gums and soft tissue of your mouth by using the latest technology in the field of periodontics. Don’t let gum disease damage your smile; schedule an oral health evaluation today.