Do You Have Any Of These Gingivitis Symptoms?
Heather: Hi, there. I'm Heather, one of the hygienists here at Dr. Wolf's office. Have you ever heard of gingivitis and do you think you might have gingivitis? Some of the symptoms of gingivitis are bleeding gums, swollen, puffy gums, red, dark red, I call them angry gums, bad breath or tenderness in your gums.
What are the causes of gingivitis? The causes of gingivitis, irritation from plaque and bacteria not being thoroughly removed from the teeth.
And what about the treatment for gingivitis? The treatment would start with a professional cleaning of your teeth, thorough daily plaque removal with brushing and flossing and your hygienist can give you some other [inaudible], such as soft pics and certain things that are specific to your needs.
If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, and lead to eventual tooth loss. Studies show that at least 75 percent of Americans will experience gum disease at some point, and almost half of adults in the U.S. have a form of periodontitis.
Periodontitis, what is that? Look for my next blog for that answer.