At Norco Family Dental, your Greeley, CO dentist emphasizes gum disease prevention because we understand how vital gum health is to your teeth and whole-body wellness. This proactive approach lowers your risks for gingivitis, also called early-stage gum disease.
However, if you suspect you already have gum disease or symptoms of gingivitis, we offer periodontal treatment to see you through.
What Is Gum Disease, and What Are the Symptoms?
Unfortunately, gum disease can be silent, especially in the gingivitis stage, so we emphasize preventive dentistry.
- Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly after every meal or at least twice daily.
- See your dentist every six months for comprehensive checkups and teeth cleanings.
- Call our dental office if you notice anything unusual, including bleeding gums.
Gingivitis means a gum infection (or infections) in the periodontal ligaments. These infections are reversible with intervention from your dentist. When gingivitis or gum infections increase or cross a particular line, you’re looking at periodontitis, which is merely treatable. However, treatment is crucial to stop the progression and save your teeth.
Symptoms of gingivitis and especially advanced gum disease may include:
- Bleeding gums, more so when brushing and flossing
- Bad breath that returns despite brushing and flossing
- Teeth that feel mobile, shifting, or loosened.
- Gum recession and gum pocketing
Gingivitis Treatment with Your Dentist
Gingivitis treatment protocols vary based on your level of disease, and we always customize your care based on symptoms and oral health needs.
Gingivitis treatment may include specialized teeth cleanings at Norco Family Dental and a prescribed oral health schedule at home.
Gum disease treatment may include advanced cleanings below the gumline.
Treatment is crucial because studies link gum disease to more than tooth loss in either case. It can affect multiple body systems, including the heart and lungs. Additional risks may include:
- Low birth weight in newborns
- Preterm pregnancy
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
For Gingivitis Treatment in Greeley, CO, Contact Us
Some people feel embarrassed when faced with gum disease and gingivitis and may forego treatment. Our team does not judge; we only want to reverse gingivitis and prevent complications. Our gentle and compassionate approach to care may be just what you need!