Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and is a precursor to periodontal disease.
Gum disease (periodontitis) isn’t just a problem with your gums. It has been definitively linked to increasing your risk of systemic problems like diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary disease; moreover, it can even affect a baby’s birth weight and an expectant mother’s ability to carry her baby full term. At Friendly Dentistry, we provide screenings to help you prevent dealing with periodontitis, since proactive care can often help keep gum disease at bay. Call us right away if you notice any of the following:
- Sensitivity to hot and/or cold.
- Bad breath.
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums after brushing
- Painful chewing.
- Dark stains at the gum line.
A simple, outpatient periodontal procedure may be needed to decrease inflammation and swollen gums that contribute to periodontal disease. Non-surgical gum disease treatment and maintenance can include advanced cleaning, oral medication, topical medication and medical rinses to improve your mouth’s overall health and longevity.