What is Gum Disease
In the early stages of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, the condition may seem like more of a nuisance than a serious condition. However, gum disease that is left untreated can lead to very serious dental issues in the future.
Gingivitis occurs as a result of plaque buildup on teeth. If the plaque isn’t properly removed, the gum line will become inflamed and the later stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, can set in. Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis is usually irreversible, so it’s important to treat gum disease in its early stages.
Signs of gingivitis include:
- Red, puffy, or receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Teeth sensitivity
Risks of Gum Disease
When gum disease advances into its more severe stages, it can lead to receding gums, damage to the bone and connective tissue, and, in more serious cases, tooth loss. Even worse, when gum disease is able to advance into this stage, the chances of reversal and treatment are slim. Don’t let your dental health decline at the hands of this common and highly preventable disease. Let the experienced team at Russo Dentistry take care of your gums today.
Gingivitis can be treated at your Raleigh dentist office through an antibacterial rinse designed to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. This treatment is quick, painless, and affordable — and requires no anesthetic. Following this treatment, Dr. Russo will keep a close eye on your gum disease and, if needed, move on to other treatment options such as scaling and root planing.
If you’re suffering from the early signs of gum disease, call Russo Dentistry to see how our gingivitis treatment options can benefit you. Dr. Russo and his hygiene staff are committed to catching and treating gum disease in its early stages and will work tirelessly to keep your mouth healthy for years to come.