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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
September 07, 2018
Category: Dental Diseases
Tags: Gingivitis   Plaque   Infected Teeth  

Gum Disease ChartGingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other oral health problems. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home and visiting a dentist regularly for an oral exam and cleaning can help prevent gingivitis from developing. If it does begin to develop, regular dental checkups allow your dentist to spot the early warning signs and treat gingivitis before it progresses. Dr. Mehr Tucker is your Rockville, MD dentist for both the prevention and treatment of gingivitis.

Causes of Gingivitis

Gingivitis develops when the gums become infected by bacteria. Bacteria on the teeth can result in the formation of plaque, tartar buildup, and the eventual development of gingivitis. Gingivitis can be prevented through good oral hygiene habits, including daily brushing and flossing, limiting consumption of sugary foods and beverages, and visiting your Rockville dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.

Symptoms of Gingivitis

Several symptoms can be indications of possible gingivitis. If you develop any symptoms associated with gingivitis, seeing a Rockville dentist as soon as possible can help stop the gingivitis from progressing and restore your oral health. If gingivitis has already developed, your dentist can often reverse the effects of the gingivitis that is still in the early stages. Symptoms can include:

  • Sensitive gums that bleed easily (especially when eating or brushing and flossing)
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that are beginning to recede
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Severe toothaches
  • Chronic bad breath

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, but can be prevented and even reversed in its early stages with proper dental care, including regular oral exams and professional cleanings. See a dentist right away if you have developed any of the symptoms associated with gingivitis, such as red, swollen or tender gums that bleed easily. For the treatment of gingivitis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker by calling the dental office at (301) 963-8900.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
August 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   Gingivitis  

What your dentists in Rockville want you to knowgum disease

Gingivitis is a common and reversible problem. To reverse gingivitis, you need to practice good oral hygiene habits daily. Dr. Mehr Tucker in Rockville, MD want to share what to look for and how to reverse gingivitis.

Gingivitis is inflammation of your gum tissue, caused by plaque bacteria. The pasty white stuff on your teeth is actually a live bacterial colony containing millions of harmful microscopic bacteria. These bacteria can produce toxins which eat away at tough tooth enamel, causing a cavity. The bacteria also cause gum inflammation or gingivitis.

Some common signs and symptoms of gingivitis to look for include:

  • Gum redness or swelling
  • Pain or bleeding when you brush or chew
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Chronic sour taste in your mouth

You can deal with gingivitis by following a few simple tasks every day. Remember to:

Brush after you eat and before you go to bed. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush in a gentle, circular motion on each tooth surface and along the gumline.

Floss at least once every day. Use a single piece of floss or floss picks to wrap around each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. Floss each area between each tooth.

Don’t forget to visit your dentist for an exam and x-rays at least yearly, and your dental hygienist at least twice each year for a professional cleaning. Your dentist and dental hygienist will monitor your gums to make sure they are healthy.

Healthy gum tissue should look light pink and firm, with no swelling or redness. You should also not have bleeding when you brush or floss. If you think you might have gingivitis, begin a program of regular brushing and flossing immediately.

It’s important to remember that gingivitis can progress to gum disease and eventually to periodontal disease if left untreated. Periodontal disease affects the bone surrounding your teeth, causing your teeth to become loose. The bone loss due to periodontal disease is not reversible; it can only be managed.

To get started on a program of better oral health, call the experts, Dr. Tucker in Rockville, MD. Don’t wait for your gingivitis to become a more serious problem, call (301) 963-8900 or email at office@sfaa.dentist today!