We’ve all seen the ads and heard the warnings: take care of your teeth or face the threat of gingivitis! This leaves people with a vague understanding of gingivitis, with many just assuming that it leaves you with inflamed gums. The fact is, gingivitis can have far worse consequences that span your entire body. This is why keeping your gums healthy will positively affect other aspects of your overall health.
Gingivitis is often thought of as synonymous with gum disease, but it’s actually just one type. Here’s a breakdown of what it means to have gingivitis or periodontitis:
When your dentist informs you that you have a light case of gum disease, gingivitis is what they’re referring to. As the mildest form of gum disease, symptoms of gingivitis are definitely bothersome but can get progressively worse if left untreated. Here are common symptoms of gingivitis:
The most important thing to keep in mind when you have gingivitis is that it can rapidly devolve into periodontitis. To keep this from happening, it’s important to exercise thorough oral hygiene in addition to working with your dentist to treat the problem. While the effects of gingivitis are manageable, the major threat is that it can lead to a far worse condition: periodontitis.
When gingivitis becomes periodontitis, the symptoms are exponentially worse. Your previously swollen gums are now painful, bleeding, and can result in missing teeth. Breath can have a noticeably bad odor due to the excess of bacteria in the mouth. Check out the following infographic to see some of the effects of gum disease, and why treating it should be a high-priority for patients.
With experience treating a wide range of dental ailments, Dr. Ashraf can provide reliable treatment for your gum disease. Better yet, Dr. Ashraf can provide the tools and knowledge you need to prevent gingivitis altogether. The first step to treating gum disease is to contact us and make an appointment so Dr. Ashraf can assess your unique condition. At that point, he’ll provide the treatments that will eliminate gum disease and restore your oral health. Find out how today!