What is gingivitis and how is it treated?

Gingivitis | Baltimore Periodontics Red, swollen gums. Bad breath. Bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing.

If these problems are happening to you, you may be dealing with a condition called gingivitis.

What is gingivitis?

Catonsville, MD area dentist, Dr. Ari Moskowitz, can provide patients with a proper diagnosis of gingivitis and treatment options. Gingivitis is best described as the earliest stage of periodontal disease, or “gum disease.” Gingivitis is often responsible for creating problems that impact the health of the smile and, if left untreated, can result in the development of later stages of periodontitis. If gingivitis is addressed as soon as it is diagnosed, it can often be reversed and patients can avoid the problems associated with its progression.

What treatment is recommended for gingivitis?

Visiting a periodontist such as Dr. Ari Moskowitz is the first step in getting a proper diagnosis and finding out the best treatment and course of action to take. In most cases, gingivitis can be successfully treated with both in-office procedures and increased at-home treatments. Gingivitis can be improved with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums at the office. By cleaning the teeth and gums, bacteria, plaque, tartar, and calculus can be removed from the teeth. The dental staff can also determine the stage at which the condition has reached, and take appropriate measurements of soft tissue pockets to monitor progress. Patients will then be given at-home instructions to continue to improve the condition. This may include the use of antibiotics, special brushing and flossing instructions, and the use of mouthwashes or saltwater rinses. In most cases, with aggressive treatments in-office and at-home, most patients can reverse their condition within a few weeks’ time. Patients will schedule a follow-up appointment at Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants to be evaluated and determine if the gingivitis has been successfully treated.

Call Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants today

Catonsville, MD patients who have been diagnosed with gingivitis or believe that they may have it are encouraged to work with Dr. Ari Moskowitz, board-certified periodontist, to determine if treatment is needed. Call the office at (410) 744-6088 to schedule an appointment and visit our facility at 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Ste. 200B.

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