When your gums, or gingiva, become inflamed due to the presence of bacteria around the teeth, gingivitis can occur. This condition is often accompanied by such symptoms as bleeding or receding gums, redness of the gums, and the possibility of sensitivity around the gums. If you don’t notice the symptoms yourself, they can often be spotted by Dr. Chip Mercer, Dr. William Saunders, Dr. Zimmerer, or Dr. Petty at Fielder Park Dental.
What causes gingivitis?
Although gingivitis can occur as a result of genetic inheritance, the most common cause of the disease is simply the buildup of plaque in the mouth. Plaque is a biofilm which naturally occurs around the teeth. It is the result of tiny bacteria attempting to stick to the surface of the teeth. When this happens, it can lead to tooth decay or to periodontitis, which is a more serious gum disease. This is called plaque-induced gingivitis.
Non-plaque induced cases are often caused by a fungus, virus, or specific bacterium. But it can also be caused by wounds, illnesses, or allergic reactions. Additionally, it can also occur due to a reaction to a foreign body, even dentures. Oftentimes, there is not a specific cause.
It’s important to seek treatment early so it is easier to treat. Early treatment helps prevent the condition from worsening and leading to periodontal disease which can result in the loss of teeth.
If plaque is not removed by good brushing and flossing techniques, it can harden into tartar, and this can only be removed by your Arlington, TX dental team. When you visit us, your mouth will be examined for the presence of plaque and tartar, and any tartar will be removed by your Arlington, TX dentist. Coupled with good dental hygiene practices at home, gingivitis symptoms can be banished, and your gums can be restored to good health.