What Does Gingivitis Mean?

Gingivitis is a popular term. Even if you’ve never heard it from your dentist, you may recognize it from commercials and ads for mouth rinse and other hygiene products. However, it’s an equally popular condition, affecting millions of people of all ages and to varying degrees. As the first stage of progressive gum disease, gingivitis isn’t always obvious, though your dentist can detect it during your routine checkup appointment. If he does, then you may have a very limited amount of time to address it before your gum disease becomes more serious, and much more of a threat to your long-term oral health.

How It All Begins

Like tooth decay and chronic bad breath, gingivitis is a product of excessive oral bacteria gathering on your teeth and gums. Certain of these bacteria favor the areas along your gum line, and when left there long enough, can work their way underneath the gum tissues. This leads to irritation and infection in your gums – the condition known as gingivitis – and can quickly progress into chronic inflammation and severe gum disease.

What Ignoring Gingivitis Can Lead To

It doesn’t take long for the plaque that oral bacteria form to calcify into tartar, which your toothbrush can’t remove. Likewise, it doesn’t take long for them to lead to gingivitis, nor for gingivitis to progress. When you ignore the redness, swelling, and occasional bleeding in your gums that indicate gingivitis, then you can allow the condition can cause permanent damage to your gums, and potentially, the jawbone underneath them.

Stop Gingivitis Before It Threatens Your Smile

Gingivitis is highly preventable, but if it develops, you still have a chance of stopping it before your gum disease seriously threatens your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.