Gingivitis Leads To Gum Disease, But We Can Help!

How Do I Know If I Have Gingivitis

The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is an infection caused by plaque that begins around tissues of your teeth. If you have gingivitis you may notice that your gums become red, swollen and may bleed easily. Another effect of gingivitis is bad breath. You may not feel any pain, which makes gingivitis difficult to notice.

The best thing that you can do to prevent gingivitis is to brush and floss regularly and not use tobacco. Studies have also shown that gingivitis is more common with pregnant women, people with crooked teeth or persons with diabetes. When gingivitis is in its early stages it’s preventable with a professional cleaning. Your gums can be returned to their natural color. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above please give us a call today at 801-658-0102. We’re happy to provide a free consultation

How Do I know If I Have Gum Disease aka Periodontitis?

Gum disease is also called periodontal disease or periodontitis and is the more advanced form of gun disease. Plaque and bacteria builds up in a patients mouth. When this build up is not treated in early stages it can cause gum disease. Periodontal disease can also be caused by smoking and chewing tobacco, teeth grinding, certain medications and genetics. Advanced forms of periodontal disease can cause bone and tooth loss as well as permanent damage. Dr. Gunnerson recommends that brushing and flossing every day as well as scheduling dental appointments every six months is the best way to fight gum disease. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are the following:

  • Abscessed teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth and or loss of teeth
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Receding gum line

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please call us as soon as possible!

What Dr. Gunnerson Says To Look For

If your gums are tender, red, swollen, or bleed easily, you may suffer from periodontal disease. When not treated, periodontal disease can result in loss of the teeth, gum tissue, and bone. While gum disease is not curable, we can treat the condition and keep it under control to protect your oral health. Dr. Gunnerson is pleased to provide periodontal maintenance to treat periodontal disease and prevent the serious effects of the condition.

What Does Periodontal Maintenance Include?

Periodontal maintenance involves visiting our office on a regular basis, typically once every three months, for a professional cleaning. These treatments include thorough cleanings both above and below the gum line, removing plaque, tartar (hardened plaque, also called dental calculus), and bacteria to prevent the condition from worsening. Periodontal maintenance is recommended every three months because when biofilm is not removed, the periodontal bacteria begin to flourish within three to twelve weeks. By providing a cleaning at twelve weeks (three months), we are able to remove these bacteria and keep the condition under control.

We invite you to contact our office at 801-658-0102 and schedule a consultation with our dentist to determine whether your smile requires treatment for gum disease in Payson, Utah.