Is Your Smile Showing Signs of Gingivitis?

Is Your Smile Showing Signs of Gingivitis?
Many people know that overly sensitive or deeply stained teeth can be warning signs of dental cavities. Yet people rarely know the early indicators of gingivitis, the first stage of a dangerous and chronic condition called periodontal disease, or gum disease as most people have heard it called. Gum disease involves inflamed gum tissue, which can eventually cause tooth loss. It might also contribute to overall health problems, given the bloodstream connection. Fortunately, knowing the warnings of gingivitis can help you avoid progressed gum disease.Just remember, regular preventive dental care is also essential to keeping your whole smile healthy!

Know the Symptoms of Gingivitis

One way to protect your smile is by simply understanding the early indicators of gum disease. Visibly inflamed or easily irritated gums are some warning signs. For instance, you might notice bleeding when you floss. This is something that shouldn’t be ignored, and it’s certainly not a reason to stop flossing.
The color of your gums can also indicate trouble. Healthy gums should be a light pink color. If your gums appear deep red or purple, they could already be infected.
Finally, chronic bad breath or dry mouth could be both causes or symptoms of gingivitis.

Protect Your Whole Smile’s Health

The most important way to care for your smile is by combining healthy habits at-home with regular professional dental cleanings. Brushing and flossing daily, eating a healthy and low-sugar diet, and seeing the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings, are all important ways of protecting both your teeth and your gums!

Could You Need Gum Disease Treatment?

Gum disease is a chronic condition. Fortunately it can be treated through gum disease treatment. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.