Gingivitis Specialist

Horizon Dental Care

General Dentists located in Miramar, FL; Pembroke Pines, FL & Sunrise, FL

It’s easy to overlook the health of your gums when your teeth get all the attention, but good gum care is absolutely essential to your oral health. The dental experts at Horizon Dental, including a dedicated periodontist, are there to make sure your gums stay healthy. With educated monitoring and effective treatments, the dental team can make sure that your mouth stays free of gum conditions like gingivitis. To learn more, call the office nearest you in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, or Sunrise, Florida, or book a visit online today.

Gingivitis Q & A

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. It’s most frequently caused by poor oral hygiene.

When you don’t brush or floss often enough, plaque begins to collect on your teeth. Plaque is a natural byproduct of the reaction between the carbohydrates in your food and the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. It’s a sticky, invisible film that can be removed with simple brushing and flossing.

When plaque is left to sit on your teeth for too long, it hardens beneath your gum line, becoming tartar. Tartar traps bacteria and keeps it in constant contact with your gums, irritating your gum tissue. You need a professional cleaning to eliminate tartar.

As the bacteria in plaque and tartar continues to irritate your gums, your gums respond by becoming inflamed. This chronic inflammation of the gums is what’s known as gingivitis. 

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

Some signs that you might be developing gingivitis include:

  • Bleeding when you brush or floss
  • A bad taste in your mouth, or chronic bad breath
  • Gum recession, or longer looking teeth
  • Dark red gums
  • Gums that are swollen or puffy

Normally, your gums should be firm and pale pink, and they should hug tightly around your teeth.

What happens if I don’t treat my gingivitis?

It’s absolutely essential to treat gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. 

Advanced gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, respiratory disease, coronary artery disease, and stroke. 

How do you treat gingivitis?

The best treatment for gingivitis is prevention. Proper at-home care and regular dental cleanings can prevent gingivitis from ever developing, so make sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and maintain routine checkups with Horizon Dental.

If you have developed gingivitis, the periodontal professionals at Horizon Dental can help. They have a dedicated periodontist on the team who can typically reverse the progression of your gingivitis with a simple deep cleaning called scaling and root planing.

With scaling, your periodontist removes the plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth and beneath your gum line. With root planing, your periodontist smooths the surfaces of your teeth, which makes it harder for plaque and tartar to build up and encourages your gums to properly heal.

Don’t let your gingivitis get worse. Call Horizon Dental or book a visit online to keep your gums healthy today.