Gingivitis Treatment With Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics
It is likely that everybody has heard of gingivitis, however, many people do not know the first thing about it. Luckily, the knowledgeable staff at Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics in Victorville, California know everything they need to about the gum disease.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums and leads to further dental problems. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 200,000 cases of gingivitis occur in the U.S. every year. It forms when plaque – the sticky invisible film composed mainly of bacteria – is left on the teeth. It then hardens and becomes tartar under the gumline. This, in turn, causes the Gingiva to become inflamed … Gingivitis.
It is most commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. However, it can also be caused or exacerbated by:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Older age
- Chronic dry mouth
- Poor nutrition, specifically a Vitamin C deficiency
- Immunity impairing conditions such as HIV/AIDS or Cancer treatments
- Hormonal changes
- A genetic predisposition
- Poorly fitting dental restorations
- Crooked teeth that are hard to clean
What are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?
Healthy gums are pale pink, firm, and fit tightly around the teeth. Any change in this can be a sign of gum disease. Specifically, these symptoms indicate a need to see the dentist. They are:
- Tender, swollen, puffy gums
- Dark red gums
- Gums that are receding from around the teeth
- Bad breath
- Gums that bleed with simple brushing and flossing
Why is it Important to Treat Gingivitis?
Without treatment to remove the tartar and reduce the gingivitis, it can become a more serious form of gum disease and even tooth loss. Further, there are studies that point to an association between gum disease and other conditions like:
- Respiratory disease
- Coronary artery disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Moreover, research suggests that the bacteria of Gingivitis can enter the bloodstream through the tissues of the gums. If this happens it can lead to conditions that affect the lungs, heart, brain, and other vital organs.
How Does an Orthodontist Treat it?
An orthodontist like Dr. Hattar can help to remove plaque and tartar before they become gum disease like Gingivitis. Furthermore, with treatment and improved oral hygiene habits, the effects of Gingivitis can be overturned before it becomes irreversible.
Prevent – and/or reverse – Gingivitis by brushing for two minutes two times per day, flossing daily, and seeing your orthodontist regularly.
Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics Today!
For more information call the helpful professional staff at Dr. Hattar Dental and Orthodontics at 760-243-3595, or stop by our offices in Victorville, or schedule an appointment online today.