The Importance of Recognizing Early Stages of Gingivitis So It Can Be Treated by Dentist in Kingston, PA
Gingivitis is one of the most common dental conditions patients suffer from. It is also one of the most dangerous when left untreated. It can cause extensive and irreversible damage to the gum tissue and bone structure in your mouth. The earlier you can catch it, the better. Dr. Stephen Lawrence and his team at Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, PA, provide treatment for gingivitis and strive to treat it before it can progress. Let us take a look at some of the early stages of gingivitis.
The Early Stages of Gingivitis
One of the very first symptoms you will notice, once you have developed gingivitis, is that your gums will be noticeably swollen and irritated. For some, this irritation can cause pain and tenderness. You will notice the coloration has changed from the usual pink to a darker shade of red. These symptoms develop due to the buildup of plaque between the teeth combined with an overgrowth of bacteria.
If you are brushing your teeth and spit blood, then it is likely you have developed gingivitis. Gums that have developed gingivitis are prone to bleeding during brushing and flossing due to the inflammation, which develops as a result of bacteria growth. It likely is not a lot of blood, but it is still a very obvious sign that gingivitis is developing in your gums.
A condition many refer to as “long teeth” is a sign that there are significant bacteria that have grown in the pockets between your teeth and gums. When this occurs, your gum line will begin to recede from your teeth, showing off more teeth. Your teeth will look longer because of this.
As if inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession is not enough, gingivitis will also cause you to have bad breath. A condition known as halitosis or bad breath caused by gingivitis cannot be covered up by chewing the strongest of minty gums. No matter how many Altoids you pop to try and cover up your breath, it will persist and is a sign from your body that there is something wrong. For some individuals, this can also lead to a persistently bad taste in the mouth.