Gingivitis, a term for inflammation of the gums, is one of the first signs of an oral health problem. It is stage one of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease – a condition that can affect your overall health. Healthy oral hygiene habits and regular visits to your dentist can help prevent or even reverse gingivitis.
Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums, bad breath, and increased sensitivity of the teeth. When gingivitis progresses to the more serious periodontal disease, the patient may experience shifting of the teeth, tooth loss, or the formation of abscessed teeth.
Gingivitis has been connected to higher incidences of heart disease and stroke. This may be caused by the high bacteria levels in the mouth circulating to other areas of the body. It may also be caused by the inflammation of the gums leading to inflammation of other areas in the body, such as the heart.
Gingivitis, a term for inflammation of the gums, is one of the first signs of an oral health problem.
Diabetes has also been linked to gingivitis. High glucose levels in the blood caused by the disorder may be the link between the two conditions. Patients with diabetes must be diligent with their oral hygiene and visits to the dentist.
Pregnant women who suffer from gum disease are three to five times more likely to have a preterm birth than women with healthy gums. A preterm birth is one where the baby is born before 37 weeks of gestation, and can cause a number of health problems for the child. Pregnant women should brush and floss daily, and call their dentist immediately upon noticing signs of gingivitis.
Once you are diagnosed with gingivitis, the dentist may treat the condition through plaque removal, the prescription of antibacterial mouth rinses, and increased cleanings. Catching the condition early and treating it as soon as possible will prevent its progression to more serious oral conditions, which in turn can help prevent possibly life-threatening health conditions.
For more information and to schedule your next exam in Arlington TX, contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush today.