Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease (periodontal disease), can often be identified by its symptoms, including red, swollen, or tender gums that often bleed easily.
Gingivitis is reversible if it is treated in the early stages; however, if it is allowed to progress into periodontitis, a far more advanced form of gum disease, it will cause bone damage and will no longer be reversible.
In many cases, treating gingivitis is as simple as improving your home care routine. We’ll review your routine and look for areas that need improvement. Even changing the angle at which you hold your toothbrush while you are brushing can make a difference! In other cases, an antimicrobial product might be prescribed to treat the developing infection.
Regular cleanings and examinations are necessary because gum disease doesn’t always present with symptoms. It’s crucial to catch gingivitis as early as possible for more successful treatment.
We take gum disease seriously at the office of Dr. James Kim. Did you know that gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults? Studies are increasingly connecting gum disease to serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.
If your gums are red and irritated, or your gums bleed when you brush or floss, call our office at 715-849-5667 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim to start treating your gingivitis now.