Are your gums red, swollen, or tender? Do they bleed when you brush your teeth? Swollen, bleeding gums could be early warning signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis can worsen into a more severe gum infection called periodontal disease leading to tooth loss. Caught early enough, gingivitis can be treated. Professional dental cleanings from the office of Mark H. Wright, DDS, Colorado Springs, Colorado, can help nip gingivitis in the bud to keep it from spreading and ruining your smile.
Gingivitis is caused by plaque buildup on your teeth. Although daily brushing and flossing are essential to keep your teeth healthy and clean, it’s not enough to remove all of the plaque from your teeth, especially around the gum line or between your teeth. That’s why it’s important to schedule bi-annual dental cleanings. Your Colorado Springs dentist has special tools to thoroughly cleanse your teeth and gums of plaque and harmful bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Combining home dental care and professional dental care is key to maintaining good oral health.
In addition to plaque buildup, pockets of bacteria may develop under the gum line of your teeth. Through periodontal pocket treatment, Dr. Mark Wright can cleanse your mouth of this harmful bacteria to protect your oral health. Professional dental care plays a crucial role in preventing and treating early-stage gum disease. If you have problems with misaligned or overcrowded teeth contributing to plaque buildup or periodontal pockets, we can recommend ways to fix them so you can keep these areas clean.
The following tips can help prevent gingivitis and improve your oral health: