Dental Care, Dentist in Santa Cruz, Preventative Care

Gingivitis… What is that?

We have all heard the word Gingivitis. But what really is it? Dr. Peabody and his staff want to explain what it really is, and how to prevent it, starting from an early age.

What causes gingivitis?

gum disease (2)Gingivitis is a type of gum inflammation that is caused by bacteria that live around your gum line, many kinds of bacteria can lead to this ailment. Gingivitis is the first stage of Periodontal disease commonly known as gum disease. You are more at risk of acquiring gingivitis if you do not regularly practice good oral hygiene; but, some people are more prone to this than others. Pregnant women, menopausal women, diabetics, individuals suffering from AIDS, and leukemia patients are all more likely to suffer from inflamed gums.

How long does it take for gingivitis to go away?

If your gums are swollen and red, you could be suffering. This is a condition that, if left untreated, may cause severe pain and the rotting of your teeth. It is not always painful so it can be difficult to diagnose if you do not regularly visit your dentist.  What are the causes and symptoms of gingivitis? And if you do recognize that you do have this disease, what are possible treatment plans and how long will it take for the bacteria to go away? Dr. Guy Peabody, your Santa Cruz dentist, wants you to recognize the signs so you can make sure your teeth stay healthy.

do your gums fit to your teeth-mthWhat are the symptoms of gingivitis?

Although some people experience tenderness or pain in the gums, you might not necessarily experience pain as an early symptom. One of the first signs of gingivitis is swelling and redness of your gums. This is often accompanied by bleeding when you brush. If left untreated long enough, you may also develop white or yellow sores inside your mouth. As gingivitis progresses into periodontitis you may experience loose teeth and gum erosion as well as sensitivity to hot, cold, and touch.

How can you treat gingivitis, and how long will treatment take?

While there are several ways your dentist might treat gingivitis, you can aid your recovery by brushing your teeth regularly, rinsing with warm water and salt, and gently massaging your gums. In addition, you might be prescribed medications to help with the healing process, so be sure to take these according to your doctor’s orders.

The key to recovering quickly is being aware of the symptoms, going to the dentist as soon as symptoms are noticed, and following your doctor’s orders. Maintaining good oral hygiene and taking care of your general health can help you avoid gingivitis in the first place.

To make sure that you are on the right path to great oral health, or if you need some help with oral care in the Santa Cruz area, contact Dr. Guy Peabody so he and his staff can help get you on the way to a healthy mouth.

Dr. Guy Peabody, DDS

620 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz CA 5062
(831) 457-0343

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