What is gingivitis and is it different from periodontitis?

Gingivitis is a reversible condition because when you get periodontitis you're already losing bone that's holding your teeth. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum with some infection component to it, but it involves only the soft tissue, specifically the gums. It is a reversible condition where you need to maintain good oral hygiene and seek professional help. However, it's crucial to address it in a timely manner before it advances to periodontitis.

What are the first symptoms of gingivitis?

The first symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding gums during brushing or flossing and swelling around the edges where the gum meets the tooth. You might also notice a color difference in the gum tissue near the tooth, which is another sign of gingivitis.

How dangerous is gingivitis?

If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss. Additionally, the bacteria from gingivitis can enter the bloodstream and potentially affect the heart and even the brain, contributing to conditions such as Alzheimer's.

Can you have gingivitis and periodontitis at the same time?

Yes, it's possible to have both gingivitis and periodontitis simultaneously. If you have periodontitis, you also have gingivitis. However, you could also just have gingivitis without periodontitis.

How do dentists treat gingivitis?

The treatment typically involves a thorough cleaning to remove the bacteria. Sometimes, it's necessary to use topical antibiotic irrigation to kill the bacteria residing in the gums. This greatly reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

How long does it take to cure gingivitis?

It takes about 14 to 21 days after treatment for new attachments to form and for the gum to become clear and healthy again.

When should I schedule a dental appointment if I suspect I may have gingivitis?

If you suspect you have gingivitis, schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Despite gingivitis being a painless condition, if you notice blood while brushing, it's a cause for concern. You can call our office at 17187283314.