Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that allows food and plaque to get trapped between the teeth and gums (below the gum line). Plaque is a thin film of bacteria that constantly forms on the surface of your teeth. Without proper dental health, plaque advances to harden and becomes tartar.
If left untreated, it can become a more severe infection known as periodontitis. Without treatment, this infection inflames the gums, which will then pull the teeth away from the gums, and the bone structure around the teeth becomes resorbed, leading to loose teeth. Loose teeth can not be repaired and must be removed. Once the damage is done, the loss of attachment of your natural teeth to the gums cannot be fixed. It can, however, be preserved and maintained at the present state with regular professional cleanings and regular home oral hygiene practices.
Talk to your dentist about risk factors for gum disease as well as your symptoms. Your dentist also may perform X-rays to check for bone loss, and your dental hygienist will measure the depth of your pockets (from the top of the gum line to where it attaches to the tooth). The average depth is 1 to 3 millimetres.
It is crucial to be aware that these diseases can cause an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and lung disease.
The following are additional risk factors for gingivitis:
Many people aren’t aware that they have gingivitis. If you notice red, tender, or swollen gums and bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have gingivitis. However, if you notice more severe symptoms, including the following, you may be suffering from periodontitis.
Contact our dental team at a Campus Dentist clinic near you to schedule an appointment.
We are excited to announce that Chancellors Way Dental will be relocating as of September 6th, 2021 (after Labour Day long weekend). We will be merging with our nearby practice of Campus Dentist, located at the University of Guelph in the Student Center on the first level.
You, our valued patients, can be assured that we will continue to practice the same high standard of dentistry with the continuity and expertise of our caring, well-trained, and compassionate staff as you have become accustomed. Our office will continue to provide the best care possible and accept the same insurance plans. We realize that change can be difficult but we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible for you. Our staff will be there to help and we have included all the details regarding our new location, including address, phone number and office hours. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to seeing you at our new location.
Stay healthy, be safe, and don’t forget to brush and floss! We are always accepting new patients and we are so excited that you chose us!
Campus Dentist Team