Gingivitis is a common disease of the gums that often starts with minor irritation and swelling. It is also often marked early on by light bleeding that will usually turn up as a pinkish toothbrush. Halitosis (bad breath) is another unpleasant symptom At Elegant Dentistry in Marina del Rey, our periodontist has the experience and know-how to effectively treat gingivitis but patients noting irregularities in their gums should get them checked out sooner rather than later to save time, discomfort, heartache, and money. If gingivitis is allowed to progress unchecked, the condition may develop into periodontitis, a severe form of gingivitis marked by painful gum inflammation along with complications that, in some cases, may cause the loss of one or more teeth.
Taking Care of Gingivitis
Treatment for gingivitis can take several forms but usually entails scaling and root planing. Typically referred to as deep cleaning, this procedure removes the tartar and bacteria from the unexposed surfaces of your teeth beneath the gums in addition to thoroughly cleaning the surrounding tissues. In most cases, this type of treatment is highly effective but must be partnered with good at-home oral hygiene practices to prevent a reoccurrence of the disease. Our oral health team can provide you with a detailed plan as to how to go about maintaining your oral health after treatment for gingivitis.
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If you think that you may be suffering from gingivitis or a more advanced type of gum disease or have any other concerns, please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page or the number on this page. Please note that we also offer comprehensive service in both general and preventive dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.