Many people are unaware of gingivitis symptoms or choose to ignore them. Gingivitis is the most mild form of periodontal disease. Periodontal means “around the tooth” so it is actually talking about the gums. So periodontal disease is a fancy term for gum disease. Many people think that their oral health solely concerns the teeth and so they worry about cavities but never think about the importance of the gums and their link to oral health.
Being aware of gingivitis symptoms is important in preventing gingivitis and maintaining your oral health. Your gum tissue, called gingiva, plays an important role in the system that makes your mouth functional. Gum disease can advance to a stage that destroys the gums and as the gums are destroyed so it the underlying bone that holds the teeth and when this bone disappears so will the teeth.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and this is the most common of all gingivitis symptoms. The gums will look swollen as well as more red than is usual. Small particles of food are commonly left in the mouth and these become breeding grounds for bacteria. The bacteria gets down in between the teeth and gums and form pockets that irritate the gums. The bacteria is also responsible for bad breath, another common symptoms of gum disease.
Unfortunately, many people ignore their gingivitis symptoms. As the disease advances bleeding gums are common and this is most noticeable after brushing. Blood in the sink after brushing is not normal and should not be ignored if you are noticing this problem. While outright pain felt in the gums is not common they are often tender. If you are experiencing these symptoms please do not ignore them, treating gingivitis is much easier than treating advanced periodontitis and much cheaper for your own wallet as well.
If you would like to learn more about gingivitis symptoms and would like to speak with our Atlanta dentist, feel free to give us a call. Our Atlanta dental team has over 45 years combined experience serving Atlanta’s dental needs. Our dentists are dedicated to their patients’ good health and well being. You are welcome to join our family of patients. If you would like to schedule a free dental consultation with one of our Atlanta dentists or with Georgia Dentist, Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 to make an appointment.