What is Gingivitis?

Brushing the teeth and gums

Gingivitis is a very common form of periodontal disease which generally occurs after plaque builds up around the teeth and is not removed by brushing. During your regular visit with the Saginaw, MI dental team, Dr. Jennifer Schau can spot the symptoms and identify gingivitis, so you can take steps to correct the situation. 

Can gingivitis be prevented?

The best defense against gingivitis is good brushing and flossing, so plaque doesn’t have a chance to accumulate. If it is allowed to build up and is not removed, it can harden into a substance called tartar, and this can only be removed by Dr. Schau and her dental team. 

What are the symptoms?

When gingivitis is mild, you can identify the symptoms easily. Seeing a dentist right away is key to successful treatment. Some of the symptoms include red or swollen gums, sensitivity around the gums, or bleeding which occurs near sensitive gum tissue. Bleeding is usually noticed after brushing or flossing. 

Getting a Diagnosis

When you come in for a dental check-up, your Saginaw, MI dentist will check for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. If the dentist discovers any signs, she will remove the tartar, and you will be advised that additional brushing and flossing will be necessary to manage any further outbreaks of gingivitis. With good at-home oral hygiene, your gums will recover, and symptoms will fade away. When diagnosed early, it’s easily treatable. However, waiting can lead to more serious conditions like the break down of gum tissue.  This can eventually lead to other complications like the loss of one or more teeth. 

Contact Us!

Do you think you have the symptoms of gingivitis? Please contact us to schedule a dental exam. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about your dental health.