Fight Gingivitis and Gum Disease with Our Tustin CA Dentist
You probably hear that word quite often on the dental product commercials. People typically aren't familiar with it unless they or someone they know has experienced gingivitis in the past. Your mouth is the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and thrive. It's warm, moist, and gets fed regularly. You have hundreds of different bacteria in your mouth at any given time, mostly beneficial to break down your food, and protect your teeth and gums from the harmful bacteria. The bad bacteria form masses, and at first look, it's a clear biofilm, but as it progresses, it's known as plaque.
Plaque is a large mass of biofilm and is a pale-yellow color. Have you noticed anyone with yellowing teeth? Have you noticed your teeth yellow when you don't brush as regularly as you should? This happens because the bacteria are left to grow and colonize in your mouth. That's why teeth must be brushed, flossed, and rinsed with mouthwash every day. Doing this kills the bacteria, and gives the other bad bacteria a volatile environment to live in. When the plaque is left to grow, it moves into the gums, between the teeth. This causes inflammation of the gums. That inflammation and infection is called gingivitis.
OK Doc, How Bad Is It?
Luckily, gingivitis is nothing that cannot be reversed. You'll notice swelling along the gum line when you eat as your mouth reaches this stage. Your teeth and gums will be sensitive, and it'll feel as if pressure is being put on them. When you brush your teeth, your gums will bleed, some more significantly than others. It's a common myth that gums just bleed sometimes, falsified by the fact that healthy gums do not bleed at all.
If you are concerned with gingivitis, look inside your mouth and your gums will tell you everything you need to know. You'll notice the gums are reddened and noticeably swollen. You'll see it more prominently in the root areas under the teeth, just below the gum line. If you put your finger to your gums, apply a bit of pressure, it will be quite painful. If you have any of these symptoms, make the closest appointment you can with Dr. Valdez so we can address the damage before it gets worse.
Is That as Bad as It Gets?
Unfortunately, no, it's not. Gingivitis is a precursor to more serious problems such as periodontal disease, which causes tooth loss, severe decay, and plenty of pain. Gingivitis is the last step in the oral decay process in which it can be reversed. Once it progresses, your problems needs to be fixed through surgery and other means.
When you brush, do a self-exam of the inside of your mouth. Make sure you know where the problems are, what the problems are, and what you need to talk to Dr. Valdez about.
We encourage you to call our dentist in Tustin at (714) 669-9555 and schedule your consultation right away to address any issues you're experiencing.