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Signs of gingivitis include tooth sensitivity and gums that seem swollen, red and inflamed, as well as chronic bad breath. Dr. Ali M Arastu and our team encourage you to seek treatment for the initial stage of gum disease before it becomes more serious. We have provided some general information about gingivitis and its impact on your oral health if it’s not treated promptly.

You could develop gingivitis as a result of:

– Plaque buildup from poor oral hygiene
– Genetics for the disease
– Changes in hormonal balance
– Disease
– Tobacco products
– Blood pressure or seizure medication

Plaque that remains on your teeth can harden into tartar and cause gum irritation that inflames the gums until they form pockets around the teeth. With early treatment for gingivitis, we may be able to reverse the condition. Otherwise, the condition will advance and turn into a more serious gum infection known as periodontitis that causes the jawbone to deteriorate.

In order to treat gingivitis, it’s important to ensure your oral hygiene routine is up to par. We encourage you to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis and receive professional dental cleanings twice a year. Our team may also need to perform scaling and root planing, which deep cleans around the gums to remove harmful plaque and tartar under the gum line.

If you would like to learn more about gingivitis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we invite you to contact Periodontal Consultants at 215-463-6677 today for a consultation with our periodontist and team. We are excited to help you have excellent oral health and a beautiful smile!