Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and it is the gateway to advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. It is not that big a deal if you have indications of gingivitis, so long as they are diagnosed and treated in a timely fashion. That’s why our periodontist in Madison, Caryn Miller DMD, urges you to come in for a checkup every six months for a teeth cleaning.
The reason that gingivitis develops is primarily due to dental plaque. You can’t see plaque, but you can sure feel it. When you wake up in the morning, it’s responsible for that coating on your teeth that makes you glad to brush them first thing. Plaque is a bacterial substance and whatever is not eliminated by your brushing and flossing hardens into tartar. Unfortunately, there is no effective way to address tartar at home. And it is just as much a danger to your gums as plaque is. When you come to see our periodontist in Madison twice-yearly, a routine checkup will reveal signs of gingivitis and form the basis of a diagnosis. You will have your teeth professionally cleaned while here, which means eradicating tartar buildup, as well as residual plaque. Along with brushing twice per day, flossing vigorously before bed, and keeping sugar in your diet to a minimum (it fuels plaque development), your visits to our periodontist in Madison are the foundation for preventing gum disease. Periodontitis is associated with symptoms such as bleeding gums when you brush, receding gums, and persistent breath, and that’s just for starters. It can eventually lead to loss of gum and bone tissue, and even loss of teeth.
There’s no better time than now to contact our office and arrange a convenient time for you to come in for your six month teeth cleaning. Stop gingivitis in its tracks before it has the chance to result in more serious consequences.