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How can I tell if I have gingivitis or periodontitis?

If you have experienced bleeding or swollen gum tissue; bleeding gums while brushing; one or more teeth feeling loose; or you have dental pain associated with any of these other symptoms, you need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with your dentist in Irving.

Sometimes persistent bad breath can be an indicator that you might be suffering from gingivitis. However, the only definitive way to know if you are suffering from either gingivitis or periodontitis is by a professional dental exam.

It is possible to experience occasional bleeding gum tissue, particularly if you are using a firm bristle tooth brush. It is always advisable to use only a soft bristle tooth brush and follow your dentist’s instructions to brush using moderate pressure with a fluoridated paste or gel. Or better yet, invest in an electric tooth brush. An electric tooth brush not only helps to control the pressure exerted when brushing, but most come complete with a timer so you brush the recommended two minutes each time you brush.

If you are experiencing swollen gums or pain, this could be the onset of the diseases associated with gingivitis or periodontal disease. The primary cause attributed to perio related problems is due to the build-up of plaque that forms on the teeth near or under the gum line. Plaque is made up of bacteria living in the mouth that is not eliminated with daily oral hygiene care and professional dental cleanings.

If your dentist does diagnose gingivitis or it’s more advanced condition, periodontitis, treatment might include a deep cleaning, and possibly a dental rinse or antibiotic as a follow up to treatment. Daily flossing is also imperative to keep the tissue between teeth at the gum line as free from bacteria as possible.

As with many physical ailments, anyone with a compromised immune system could be more susceptible to gingivitis. Imbalanced hormones, poor diet, and excess consumption of sugary beverages and snacks are all possible triggers for this dental impairment as bacteria feeds on the sugars left on teeth, tongue and soft gum tissue.

Prevention is obviously the best solution. But if you find yourself suffering from chronic bad breath, swollen inflamed gum tissue, or bleeding gums or pain, contact Active Dental at 972-556-0600 in order to keep the problem from becoming more serious.

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