Gingivitis is a common disease of the gums which is caused by plaque forming around the teeth. Once plaque has built up, it triggers an immune response that causes gums to become inflamed. This inflammation can lead to sensitivity, receding gums, or even bleeding gums. In most cases, the condition is treated by good brushing and flossing and dental cleaning. When you come in for your regular dental checkup, Dr. Jeff Yelle at Distinctive Dental will be able to identify the symptoms of gingivitis and recommend some effective treatment options based on the severity of your condition.
Types and Causes of Gingivitis
There are two types of gingivitis, plaque-induced and non-plaque induced. Plaque-induced gingivitis is by far the most common type. It is caused by an excessive build-up of plaque on the teeth. It is also possible to develop gingivitis as a result of the presence of some specific fungus, virus, or bacteria. This type is non-plaque induced. It is often caused by an allergic reaction, illnesses, wounds, or a reaction to a foreign body in the mouth such as dentures. Genetic factors can also play a role. Or there can be no known cause.
When you see your Monument, CO dentist, your mouth will be examined for the presence of any gingivitis symptoms, as well as for tartar, which can form if plaque is not removed. Plaque can be identified by special probing which measures the pockets around your teeth. When any symptoms are discovered, they will be treated by your Monument, CO dental team, and you can then observe good oral hygiene at home to help with treatment.
Is it time for your regular visit? If you suspect you may have gingivitis or have any symptoms of dental problems please call to schedule an exam with a dental professional.