When your gums are a little more red than usual, and you have some sensitivity, many people go about their days, not worrying about the minor discomfort. As days go on, there still may be some red and more sensitivity, but by this time, it is common for patients to still not realize they are experiencing signs of gum disease, because they do not know when it first began. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis are commonly overlooked, because patients attribute the redness and irritation to brushing their teeth or flossing too hard. Some may even believe food they ate in the day irritated the location.
When you experience any of these signs, you should seek dental attention:
These are all signs of gingivitis. If gum disease is not taken care of in an efficient amount of time, your disease could progress to periodontitis. What most people do not realize is that gum disease can begin affecting more than the oral cavity. Gum disease or infection of the soft tissue can enter the blood stream, bringing the infection into other places of the body.
Gum disease is also commonly connected to diabetes and heart disease. If you avoid the signs and symptoms, you may risk treatments working for you, and gum disease is preventable and treatable.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms aforementioned, you should immediately seek dental care. Your dentist will be able to formulate a treatment plan specifically to combat your gingivitis, and help you with ways you can avoid gum disease in the future. Once again, gum disease is preventable and treatable, but without treatment, you risk it getting worse and affecting other parts of the body.
Schedule an appointment at your closest destination, with your dentist and their trained team of specialists to ensure you maintain your oral hygiene and stay on top of your oral health. We are located in La Plata, MD and Oxon Hill, MD.