Understanding gingivitis

Gingivitis Taking care of the smile is more than just brushing your teeth. Patients need to work with a dental professional to ensure their smile stays healthy from day one. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental appointments will ensure patients maintain their oral health. Without regular evaluations, patients may be putting themselves at risk of developing periodontal disease. The early stage, known as gingivitis, can be easy to spot—and treat—when caught early enough for successful intervention.

What is gingivitis?

Dr. Ari Moskowitz of Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants describes gingivitis as the earliest stage of periodontal disease. In this stage, patients can often restore their dental health with proper diagnosis and treatment. Common symptoms of gingivitis include:

  • Red, swollen gum tissues
  • Bleeding when brushing and flossing
  • Bad breath, even after brushing

When these problems develop, it is essential that patients visit with their dentist for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment.

What treatment tis used for gingivitis?

Because gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontitis, it can be treated in a less aggressive manner than the later stages. Gingivitis can be reversed with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums at the dental practice. Additionally, antibiotics may be used to control the infection that develops in this stage. With effective intervention, most patients will be able to restore their oral health quickly.

Who is at risk of gingivitis?

Anyone can develop gingivitis at any age. Patients are educated to work with their dentist regularly to have thorough evaluations completed twice a year to look for the signs of potential problems. With routine visits to Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants, patients can not only avoid gingivitis, but build a positive, lasting relationship with a dental professional. With routine care, most patients maintain healthy smiles by making their oral health a priority.

Schedule your visit with Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants

Catonsville, MD patients who are ready to work with a board-certified periodontitis such as Dr. Ari Moskowitz are welcome to call (410) 744-6088 to request an appointment. The practice is located at 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Suite #200B and accepts new patients.

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