Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and is a common but serious oral condition. Signs of gingivitis include persistent bad breath, tooth sensitivity and swollen or inflamed gums. Dr. Robert Horowitz and our team encourage you to seek treatment for gum disease as soon as you notice its presence. We can help you recognize gingivitis and know which initial steps can improve your oral health.
There are many causes of gingivitis, including plaque buildup, a family history of the disease, changes in hormones, disease, tobacco use and some medications. When plaque is not removed from the gum line, it can become tartar and and irritate the gums so that they become inflamed and form pockets around the base of the teeth. Gingivitis can often be reversed when in the early stage, but if it’s allowed to progress into periodontitis, a more serious gum infection, the jawbone may deteriorate as a result.
Reversing gingivitis requires an effective oral hygiene routine, such as a daily practice of brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings. Scaling and root planing can also be performed to deep clean under the gum line to remove all traces of plaque and tartar.
We invite you to contact Robert A. Horowitz, DDS at 914-529-4136 today for further information about treating gingivitis in Scarsdale, New York, and to schedule a consultation with our dentist.