What is Gingivitis?

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What is Gingivitis?

You’ve probably heard this buzzword used at the dentist office before, but do you really know what gingivitis is? A common and mild form of gum disease, gingivitis is an infection in the gingiva, which is the layer of gums around the base of your teeth. Gingivitis is most commonly caused by poor oral hygiene and can ultimately turn into a much more serious disease if not treated. Dr. Jeffrey Clark at Scottsdale Dental Excellence is a North Scottsdale dentist who understands the severity of gingivitis. If you think you might have gingivitis, Dr. Clark recommends you look for the following symptoms.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Symptoms of gingivitis, also known as Periodontal Disease, might not seem so obvious. In fact, half of American adults suffer from mild, moderate, or severe gingivitis – that’s 64.7 million people!

If you notice a combination of the following symptoms, it’s probably time to call your dentist and make an appointment to stop gingivitis from advancing into a worse disease that could affect other aspects of your health and create ongoing oral problems:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Dark red or discolored gums
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums

At your consultation Dr. Jeffrey Clark will provide you with solutions that can reverse the effects of gingivitis and improve your overall oral health. Contact your North Scottsdale Dentist at Scottsdale Dental Excellence to make an appointment today!