A severe toothache that doesn’t go away might make you call your dentist immediately for treatment. However, would you call your dentist if your gums seemed a little red, or if you noticed a drop of blood when you brush your teeth? There are many warning signs in dental health beyond toothaches, many of which indicate a threat of gum disease—the leading cause of adult tooth loss. As the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis doesn’t always produce obvious symptoms, though the signs can be easily spotted if you know what to look for.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the common name for periodontal infection, which involves excess amounts of oral bacteria camping out underneath your gum tissues. Gingivitis is the only reversible stage of gum disease, and treating it as soon as you notice it could save you from having to manage gum disease for the rest of your life.
What You Should Look Out For
As your gums become more irritated by harmful oral bacteria, gingivitis can exhibit symptoms such as:
- Red, irritated-looking gums, sometimes localized to a specific area
- Inflammation in certain areas of your gums, or throughout all of your gum tissue
- Chronic, increasingly worse breath
- Darkening patches of gum tissues
- Periodontal pockets (spaces between your teeth and your gums caused by gum recession)
- Increasing tooth sensitivity as your teeth roots are exposed by gum recession
Protect Your Smile from Gingivitis and Gum Disease
If you notice the warning signs of gingivitis, then seeking treatment quickly enough may still help you protect your smile from severe gum disease. 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.