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Gingivitis Specialist

Ramona Dental Group

Dentistry located in Ramona, CA

If you experience bad breath, swollen red gums, or receding gums, gingivitis might be to blame. Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, can progress to serious oral health problems if it's left untreated. At Ramona Dental Group in Ramona, California, the expert dental team offers treatment for gingivitis and other forms of gum disease to optimize gum health and prevent complications. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about your options.

Gingivitis Q&A

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease, or gum disease. It’s caused by plaque deposits on your teeth and can lead to severe gum disease, loose teeth, and even tooth loss if it’s left untreated. Seeking dental care at the first sign of gingivitis is the best way to prevent disease progression. 

What are the symptoms of gingivitis?

The following signs and symptoms can indicate you have gingivitis:

  • Bad breath
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Dark red gums
  • Bleeding gums

These symptoms are like advanced gum disease – just not as severe. In comparison, healthy gums are pale pink in color, firm, and fit tightly around your teeth.

What are the risk factors for gingivitis?

Anybody can experience gingivitis or advanced gum disease, but the following factors increase your risk:

  • Plaque and tartar on your teeth
  • Poor dental hygiene habits
  • Genetics
  • Dry mouth
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dental restorations that fit poorly
  • Certain chronic diseases or infections
  • Some medications
  • Hormone fluctuations

Your risk of developing gingivitis or advanced gum disease increases with age. See your dentist at Ramona Dental Group for an evaluation at the first sign of gingivitis to reduce your risk of complications.

How is gingivitis treated?

To find out if you have gingivitis, your dentist reviews your symptoms and examines your teeth and gums. They also use dental X-rays to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include:

Professional dental cleanings

Getting your teeth professionally cleaned is one of the best ways to reduce gingivitis and prevent oral health complications. See your dentist for a cleaning at least twice a year. They may perform scaling and root planing to remove all traces of tartar and plaque. 

Dental restorations

Getting new dental restorations, such as crowns and bridges, if old restorations irritate your gums can reduce or eliminate gingivitis.

Good at-home hygiene

Proper at-home oral care includes brushing your teeth twice daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash if your dentist recommends it, flossing daily, and changing out your toothbrush every three to four months. Avoid chewing tobacco and smoking.

Don’t let bad breath, red and bleeding gums, or receding gums associated with gingivitis progress to severe gum disease. Schedule an appointment with Ramona Dental Group over the phone or online today.